Microsoft and SpikeSource are working together to ensure that several open source applications work well on Windows Server 2008. According to SpikeSource's Web site, five php programs are now certified for use with Windows: phpBB, WebCalendar, Gallery, Moodle and Mantis.
SeekingAlpha writer Joe Panettieri says Microsoft's decision to partner with SpikeSource is a savvy one. Think about it, he says:
Whether its the Firefox Web browser or the latest open source server application, chances are there's a very popular version for Windows. And Microsoft wants to keep it that way.
In fact, Microsoft wants to go even further than that. Panettieri points to ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley, who says Microsoft would like to see Windows replace Linux in the LAMP stack.
However, if Microsoft wants to get along in open source circles, broadcasting that fact may not be advisable. When Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz said something similar about Solaris, the Linux Foundation took him to task.