[patch 00/54] [Announce] Microsoft Hyper-V drivers for Linux

Greg KH greg at kroah.com
Tue Jul 21 16:51:53 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 04:36:07PM +0530, Balbir Singh wrote:
> * Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh at suse.de> [2009-07-20 09:00:25]:
> > 
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > I'm happy to announce, that after many months of discussions, Microsoft
> > has released their Hyper-V Linux drivers under the GPLv2.  Following
> > this message, will be the patches that add the drivers to the
> > drivers/staging/ tree, and a whole bunch of cleanups.
> > 
> > It's taken a long road to get here, and I'd like to thank the following
> > people who made this possible:
> >   - Steve Hemminger for the initial prodding and extreme patience
> >   - Hank Janssen for providing the code and working with me to get it
> >     into a workable and semi-mergable state.  His involvement within
> >     Microsoft was also invaluable.
> >   - Sam Ramji for his push within Microsoft to make this happen in a
> >     manner that works with the Linux community.
> >   - Novell for sponsoring my work on the Linux Driver project, without
> >     which, this would not have even been possible.
> > And there are many others both within Novell and Microsoft, who I do not
> > want to slight by not naming, but the list would be too long to go into.
> > 
> > These drivers are to enable Linux to work better when running as a guest
> > on top of the Hyper-V system.  There is still a lot of work to do in
> > getting this into "proper" mergable state, and moving it out of the
> > staging directory, but Hank and I will be undertaking this task.  See
> > the TODO file in the drivers/staging/hv/ directory if anyone wishes to
> > help out with this task.
> >
> What is the long term strategy to keep the sources in sync? Is there
> one? Do you expect to get updates for these sources? 

The in-kernel version will be the only source for the drivers in the
long run.  Eventually they will take the drivers off their web site when
the distros pick them up in their new releases.


greg k-h

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