Microsoft Announces Open Source Interoperability Initiative

Posted on in Categories GNU/Open source, Windows last updated February 21, 2008

Microsoft has announced Open Source Interoperability Initiative. From the announcement press release :

The Open Source Interoperability Initiative exists to foster more open engagement between Microsoft and open source communities. It will encompass a broad range of facilities, events, and resources supporting interoperability, including labs, plug fests, technical content and opportunities for ongoing cooperative development. Microsoft plans to publish APIs and protocols that are used by Windows Vista (including the .NET Framework), Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Office 2007, Exchange Server 2007 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 — as well as their future versions. Also Microsoft will not require developers to license or pay royalties for this information. Specifically, Microsoft is implementing four new interoperability principles and corresponding actions across its high-volume business products: (1) ensuring open connections; (2) promoting data portability; (3) enhancing support for industry standards; and (4) fostering more open engagement with customers and the industry, including open source communities.

Microsoft also agreed not to sue developers of open-source software and releasing tons of API. More information available at:
=> Microsoft Press Release

=> Annoucment about Interoperability

How to: Run and install PHP FastCGI on Microsoft IIS Server

Posted on in Categories php, Windows, Windows server last updated October 10, 2007

FastCGI is a language independent, scalable, open extension to CGI that provides high performance without the limitations of server specific APIs. I’m very big fan of FastCGI. Almost all my Apache / Lighttpd servers are powered by php FastCGI.

Today Microsoft announced the official release of their FastCGI extension for IIS server version 5.1 and 6.0. New FastCGI module should improves the performance and reliability of PHP on Windows operating system.

Since early 2006, Microsoft and Zend have been working together on a technical collaboration with the PHP community to significantly enhance the reliability and performance of PHP on Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. As part of this collaboration, the IIS product group has been working on a new component for IIS6 and IIS7 called FastCGI Extension which will enable IIS to much more effectively host PHP applications.

=> Using FastCGI to Host PHP Applications on IIS 6.0 and IIS 5.1

Evolution Email Client and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Connectivity Problem

Posted on in Categories Ask nixCraft, FAQ, Howto, Linux, Troubleshooting, Windows server last updated December 31, 2007

Does any one know if the Evolution will work with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007? I’ve client and she needs to connect to corporate Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. The problem is – connectivity doesn’t work. If anyone has any information or workaround please comment back.

Update 31/Dec/2007: Rocky pointed me to a thread about MAPI based plugin. It claims to works with Exchange server 2007.