My Interview with Sam Ramji of Microsoft

The day before OSCON officially kicked off, Jim Zemlin of the Linux Foundation introduced me to Sam Ramji, director of Microsoft's Open Source Software Lab.  Seeing the opportunity for an interesting interview I asked Sam if he'd be up for a "recorded chat." 

He graciously agreed and here's the result: Listen to the Inteview (8:27)

Topics:  Where the Open Source Software Lab fits within Microsoft; How big is Sam's group; When software technologies compete, you win;  What reaction does he get when he turns up at FOSS events; Debating Eben Moglen at OSBC -- no one wants patent Armageddon;  Is there a Wubuntu in the works?.

Note: This interview took place two days before Microsoft General Manager of Platform Strategy Bill Hilf announced that Microsoft was submitting its shared source licenses to the Open Source Initiative and that the company was launching an open source site -- moves that prompted this supportive article from Matt Asay, this entry from Miguel de Icaza as well as this analysis from Glyn Moody.

Oh, and lets not forget Chris DiBona of Google's negative reaction  and Ashlee's reaction to his reaction as well as  more thoughts in general, both supportive and questioning. 

May you live in interesting times... :) 

Pau for now...

 

Update:  ...And it related news, this just in: Microsoft kills its ‘Get the Facts’ anti-Linux site   Nice!




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I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.

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