KLUG Weekly Meeting Notes

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

 

THE FOUR BEST THINGS FROM REDMOND

Presented by Robert G. Brown

The 800 pound gorilla can play nice when it wants – and still
make money. Microsoft supported Open Standard software.

This presentation was originally scheduled for Tuesday July 19,
The delay was caused by Bob’s visit to the hospital the
Saturday before. Was this extreme avoidance? Rumors have
circulated that perhaps Redmond-based agents got to Bob just
in time, fearing any exposure with a LUG. Another creative
mind proposed that RGB may have been cloned and we now
have a new Bob. The original Bob is being forced to document
PERL code in a dimly lit room somewhere in the Northwest.

Many people believe that our friends in Redmond, Washington
are intent on collecting money for every little thing that they
produce, and they just never share. However, we took a look at
four very useful items that have emerged from Microsoft over
the past few years. Robert covered these subjects as four short
presentations, each indicates that Microsoft knows how to create
and use open standards when they see how these methods prove
to be effective.

ODBC http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/O/ODBC.html
Short for Open DataBase Connectivity. A standard database access
method. Allows ANY database client to use ANY database server.

RTF http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RTF
Rich Text Format - Device and software independent document
markup and representation.

DHCP http://www.dhcp.org/
Short for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. A protocol for
assigning dynamic IP addresses to devices on a network.
Essential configuration of workstations is too common a need to
require skilled staff.

SMB http://www.samba.org/cifs/docs/what-is-smb.html
Server Message Block – File sharing, message passing, network
printing, domain authentication/control.

WHY WOULD MICROSOFT SUPPORT OPEN STANDARDS?
- A tool for entering the market: remove cost barrier
- Exploit market opportunities quickly
- Establish a de facto standard where confusion reigns
- Become the standard-setter for future growth

SUMMARY
---------------
Despite all the talk about how bad "open source" and "open
standards" are, Microsoft does not hesitate to adapt these practices
when they consider it appropriate.

Based on these efforts, Microsoft is actually fairly successful at it.

Everyone in the industry had benefited from these open projects; we
all use the products of these efforts, by choice and preference.


(19 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

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