Story 2015-07-09 DSRC Microsoft donates over $25,000 to support OpenSSH

Microsoft donates over $25,000 to support OpenSSH

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Microsoft has become The OpenBSD Foundation's first ever Gold contributor ($25,000 to $50,000), in large part due to the OpenSSH project. The donation was made following the PowerShell's Team's blog last month, announcing their future plans to implement the widely requested SSH protocol. In recent years, and attributed to change in leadership, Microsoft has done an about face in support of open-source, beyond just pushing .NET.

The Foundation helps fund work on some widely distributed, under-funded open source projects, including OpenBSD, OpenBGPD, LibreSSL, and OpenNTPD, to name a few. This donation is a boon to the cash strapped projects, where users often out-donate corporations, who directly profit from the software. The 2015 fund raising campaign has raised $125,000 which just tops last year's contributions after the fallout of OpenSSL, and the branch of LibreSSL.
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Barrel scraping (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2015-07-10 15:01 (#DXT1)

Can anything save powershell from the debarcle it is right now v4? Powershell does not compare to the nix shell (of any flavour).

Re: Barrel scraping (Score: 2, Informative)

by on 2015-07-11 12:39 (#E0F2)

I don't think Microsoft intended Powershell to be a *nix equivalent.
Having learned to use several of its commands prior to retirement, and writing a utility around them to help my former coworkers after I left, I found PS to be clunky and, in my opinion, not well-designed.
It also appeared, to me, that many of the Window 7 interface components were built around, or in, PS.
I had to use Win 7 at work as the company is about 90-percent a Microsoft shop.
At home I use Linux Mint 17.1 (currently) and a couple of Macs running OS X 10.7.

Re: Barrel scraping (Score: 1)

by on 2015-07-11 22:25 (#E1J8)

Unfortunately, nobody has really ported any *nix shell to Windows for use there, so there's no comparison. Before anybody mentions Cygwin, go start bash and run "edit", ftp, or any other interactive Windows CLI command... Doesn't work, does it?

Re: Barrel scraping (Score: 2, Informative)

by on 2015-07-12 08:51 (#E2FG)

of course i went to try this - and was surprised to find that 'edit' was only for 16 & 32 bit systems. microsoft's professional recommendation is to use notepad; i guess that probably sums up the state of affairs in microsoft's "give a s***" dept. 'Why CLI when you can GUI?' :/

Re: Barrel scraping (Score: 2, Interesting)

by on 2015-07-12 21:43 (#E3VG)

That's just one more area where Microsoft is acting schizophrenic. Even while edit was going away, they added a command-line registry editor, exchange management console, among other utilities.

If you think editing the registry by command-line sounds miserable, you're underestimating. Imagine editing the world's largest text file with "ex", and you're in the ballpark.

Re: Barrel scraping (Score: 1)

by on 2015-07-13 17:46 (#E6MG)

I think it could be done better. There is nothing inherently bad about CLI for things like regedit. But it would have to be done better than the gui itself, which is also pretty terrible.

Re: Barrel scraping (Score: 1)

by on 2015-07-13 17:44 (#E6M2)

Well, I think its a little strange, but some Dos commands do work in cygwin like:


others like ver do not work. Maybe some of those are built in and not separate executables?

I did at one point rely on Cygwin being able to create bash shell scripts that worked with windows executables, but that was years ago.

Re: Barrel scraping (Score: 1)

by on 2015-07-13 20:09 (#E70S)

The problem I was referring to was interactive CLI commands which prompt you for input, like FTP.