July 24, 2009, 2:15 am
Reports that Microsoft had to release the Hyper-V Linux Integration Components (LinuxIC) under the GPLv2 because they had violated the GPL have been rebutted by Microsoft and Vyatta. Vyatta had been referenced by reports as the source of the accusation.
Microsoft's Sam Ramji has stated that Microsoft's decision to release the Hyper-V LinuxIC drivers under a GPLv2 licence was "not based on any perceived obligations tied to the GPLv2". Ramji says that instead it was because Microsoft determined that it was "beneficial" to them release under the GPLv2 because it was "the preferred license required by the Linux community for their broad acceptance and engagement..."¬†