Hyper-V Linux ICs now available under GPLv2

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The Hyper-V integration component drivers for Linux have now been formally released under the GPLv2 license.  They are currently available in Greg Kroah-Hartman's tree (aka, the Linux Driver Project).  These are the Linux drivers for VMBus and for our VMBus based network and storage devices.

We are going to continue to maintain this software – but by making it available under GPLv2 it makes it easier for Linux distribution vendors to include these drivers “out-of-box”.

Also: while Microsoft only supports SLES 10 SP2, SLES 11, RHEL 5.2 and RHEL 5.3 with Windows Server 2008 R2 – this opens up the possibility of running these drivers on other Linux distributions.

You can read more about it here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2009/Jul09/07-20LinuxQA.mspx


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  • Why did you not choose a more liberal license? I thought Ballmer thought of the GPL as "a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches"?

  • Does this mean anything for running Linux on Virtual PC?  Are there (or will there be) integration components for it?  What the best way to virtualize Linux on the desktop.  I would love it if Win 7 had Hyper-V built in.

  • Mr. Bean -

    To be honest, I do not know as I was not directly involved in this one.

    Lance Fisher -

    No, these are just for Hyper-V.



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Hyper-V Linux ICs now available under GPLv2