No, it's not a joke. Microsoft has hired one of the key figures behind a popular distribution of Linux in order to educate its in-house developers about open source.
Gentoo founder and former Gentoo Chief Architect Daniel Robbins began a new position
at Microsoft on 23 May 2005.
"I'm helping Microsoft to understand Open Source and community-based projects,"
Microsoft confirmed Wednesday that Robbins will have an educational role at the
"Daniel Robbins will be working under Bill Hilf who heads the Platform Value team's
research lab in Redmond. Bill's team educates internal Microsoft product teams about
open-source development, testing, and deployment issues," said a Microsoft
Gentoo is a distribution of Linux that its developers claim is fully customizable for
any application or need. According to a recent Netcraft survey, the number of Web
sites running Gentoo increased by almost 50 percent over the previous six months.