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Did Hell Freeze Over?

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No, this isn't about our multi-year extension of the InnoDB agreement with Oracle...  Instead, Apple has said that they will enable intel Mac users to run Windows.  Ok, they are doing it in an unsupported fashion with a bootloader called "Boot Camp" and customers need to install their own copy of Windows XP.  But still, it's a significant change of mind from Apple.  Well done guys!  Maybe Dvorak was right all along.

What's next?  Will Microsoft give a keynote at LinuxWorld?  Actually that happened this morning also, with Bill Hilf, General Manager of Platform Strategy.  And in fact, Hilf announced that Microsoft will support Linux as a guest OS on the Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, which is now free.  What a week.


Thank you, Ken Jacobs

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After several months of back and forth negotiation, MySQL and Oracle have agreed to a multi-year extension to the existing contract enabling MySQL to continue to sell and support the InnoDB storage engine.  The terms of the agreement are very much "business as usual" for both companies.

This is good news for MySQL customers and for the open source community, and it reinforces the message that Oracle President Charles Phillips stated to us when they acquired InnoDB that they intended to renew the agreement.  And since InnoDB is GPL, freedom for users is guaranteed, no matter who owns the source code. 

The key guy to help drive this agreement from Oracle's side was Ken Jacobs.  Through a long series of meetings, some more challenging than others, Ken kept a cool head and continued to keep us all progressing towards the goal of renewing the contract.  Ken, your efforts are very much appreciated.  You are a real mensch.


Microsoft Rumored to Join OSDL

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As reported on www.valleyofthegeeks.com by Nate Orenstam

Sources inside Microsoft have reported the company will be expanding their commitment to open source by joining the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) next week at LinuxWorld in Boston. 

This appears to be part of a new strategy led by Steve “No Socks” Sinofsky, who has recently been appointed as Senior Vice President of all things Windows, taking over from long time exec Jim Alchin who was planning on retiring when Windows Vista shipped.  Or perhaps even sooner, based on the fact that his desk is now in the sub-basement of Building 10 next to the vending machines.  “Jim has been a team player,” Sinofsky said in an interview last week.  “On the losing team, that is!”  Sinofsky said that he had learned much in his career from Bill Gates when he was his technical advisor. “Let’s just say, I’ve got more than few emails and photos that could be pretty interesting to Melinda.  I’m just glad Bill saw things my way on some of these, ah, technical issues.” 

According to insiders, Bill Gates will be working closely Linus Torvalds of the OSDL to open source the next generation of Windows Vista, previously codenamed Longwind.  Microsoft employees have speculated that Vista was unlikely to ship in 2006 due to changes in the specifications.  Since open source developers don’t have specifications or schedules, the idea was that further slippage would go unnoticed.  “Vista could just be a set of RPMs in some further version of Linux, perhaps in late 2007 or even 2008,” commented Buzzy Berkeley from the Goiter Group, a leading market research firm and escort service.  “Having cool 3D animation on the Linux desktop would be awesome. Otherwise, what the heck is there for these new 64 bit processors to do?”

Microsoft Spokeswoman Avril Poisson would not directly comment on the story.  “This seems to be one of those rumors that comes out from time to time, like the one about the chemical research facility in Building 10.  I mean, not that that’s going on.  Oh crap.  Forget what I said.  If I get quoted on this I’m dead.”

More Delays Expected

While the delays on Windows Vista announced recently were not surprising, it appears to have caused a ripple effect within the corridors of Microsoft.  A week after the delay of Windows was announced the next release of Microsoft Office, codenamed Shoehorn, was also delayed.  “It’s weird, because it was on schedule when I was running it,” Sinofsky said.  “I told Allchin to take care of it, and a week later, it’s slipped by like 9 months.  I can’t believe that guy.”

Now apparently, other Microsoft groups are also planning on delaying their schedules.  The Microsoft SQL Server team which shipped SQL Server 2005, their first new version in 5 years, has decided that they would also delay until 2007, despite the fact that they actually shipped late last year.  “Technically, it’s true, SQL Server 2005 has already shipped,” said Bob Buglia, Executive Vice President of While Loops.  “But we’re thinking outside the box here.  We saw how much press the Windows and Office guys got by slipping, and that was really a wake up call,” he said.  “So we’re going to issue a service pack in the next couple of days that actually takes the server off the market for about a year or more.  That’ll give the team time to figure out how to port to Linux.”