Microsoft is showing itself from its best side at the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco today. In a session called "Managing Linux in a mixed environment at… Microsoft? A look inside the Linux/Open source software lab at Microsoft", director Bill Hilf not only spoke about his work in testing and using dozens of Linux Systems, attendees also left the room loaded with goodies.
Each received a free fully licensed copy of Virtual Server 2003, a product that IT administrators to create virtual systems inside Windows Server 2003 - for instance to run or test Linux. For those that didn't have the operating system, a 180-day evaluation copy of Windows Server 2003 was available too.
And to top all that off, 100 randomly picked delegates (and there were more than 100 people attending the session) received a free copy of Halo 2.
I could have helped in creating an open discussion without any comments such as this one that was posted on Slashdot:
"I'd like to step aside from all the hardware and software questions people are going to throw at you and focus on a more tangible topic: footware. When someone like yourselves accept a job stomping on baby ducks all day, do you invest in new boots, or do you just come to work in whatever old shoes you have in your closet?"
Having a good sense of humor, Hilf ended the session saying: "Thank you for not throwing anything at me"
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