Re: Wow the scope for finger pointing when it doesn't work..
Quite a lot actually. Microsoft made loads of contributions to Linux for instance.
The most significant contribution I've heard of Microsoft dishing out to the Linux kernel has been something about Hyper V.
This wasn't through choice. This was through Microsoft breaking the terms of the GPL, being found out, and being told that they either cease to distribute their code forthwith, or release it as GPL, as per the terms of the code they half-inched. They then painted this as an exercise in generosity, rather than the truth of being caught with their pants down.
All while continuing to threaten anybody daring to use the toy Unix without paying them a tax over dodgy patents that they still won't disclose, and which still haven't been properly examined (because they haven't been disclosed). This is without getting into the ethics of even allowing software patents in the first place.
I'll ask again: What does Microsoft have to do with Open Source?