Microsoft in Open Source Deal with Samba
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BRUSSELS -- Microsoft signed a rare deal with an open source software group on Thursday, taking a step to meet sanctions imposed by the European Commission in 2004 for antitrust violations.
The Commission ruled in 2004 that Microsoft must provide interconnection information letting so-called "work group servers" operate as smoothly with Microsoft Windows desktop machines as Microsoft's own server software.
The deal signed in the United States by the non-profit Protocol Freedom Information Foundation was focused on helping Samba, a non-profit maker of free, open source server software.