If the MicroSoft deal goes ahead it will mean that it and Linux proponents would be unable to snipe at one another about which was the best, because it would have all been decided by an agreed third party.
This might seem strange as Vole has spent a fortune on an aggressive Get The Facts campaign' claiming that Windows is much better than Linux. Now, either Microsoft is supremely confident that any research will prove that Windows is much better than Linux, or it has another cunning plan which we are not aware of.
Under the deal, Vole will pay for half the funding costs for a joint research project should the OSDL agree to this. We should say that all this is fairly unlikely as the Open Sauce King Linux Torvalds and his henchman Andrew Morton both work for OSDL.
According to eWEEK, Martin Taylor, the architect of Microsoft's "Get the Facts' campaign hit on the idea of helping Linux prove its case' after reading an opinion piece in one of the Linux magazines that identified the need for the Linux and open-source community to come up with its own facts-based effort.
Although Taylor and OSDL representatives did meet, no agreement has yet been made.
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