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Re: [Fwd: Windows Server 2008 Application Compatability Lab Invitation]

> Monday February 25 2008 through Wednesday JANUARY 28 2008. 
> (the lab is actually booked thru Thurs the 29th, so an extra 
> day is possible) 
So it starts in February and ends in January, and the room is 
booked through either of the following dates: 
    Thursday, Nov 29, 2007 
    Thursday, May 29, 2008 

Oh, my mistake; Microsoft doesn't use the Gregorian calendar.  They 
have their own internal calendar definition where the year 1900 is 
a leap year, and who knows what other incompatibilities with the 
standard Gregorian calendar. 

In the Microsoft calendar, their description of the dates might be 
perfectly valid.  :-) 

[hidden email] wrote: 
> What do you all think about this? 
> Personally, I hardly believe anything Microsoft does is not motivated by 
> an anti-competitive agenda. What's the angle? 
> ---------------------------- Original Message ---------------------------- 
> Subject: Windows Server 2008 Application Compatability Lab Invitation 
> From:    "GarrettSerack" <[hidden email]> 
> Date:    Wed, January 9, 2008 11:42 am 
> To:      [hidden email] 
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
> Howdy, 
>     (William Rowe from the ASF suggested I post this to your dev@ list) 
> My name is Garrett Serack, and I am the Community Program Manager in the 
> Open 
> Source Software Labs here at Microsoft. 
> I would like to extend an official invitation to the Apache Software 
> Foundation 
> to participate in the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Compatibility Labs here 
> in Redmond. The Compatibility lab is scheduled for 
>    Monday February 25 2008 through Wednesday JANUARY 28 2008. 
> (the lab is actually booked thru Thurs the 29th, so an extra day is 
> possible) 
> ----------- 
> The Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility Lab is an event where we 
> invite companies to bring their applications into our lab, and have the 
> opportunity to perform compatibility testing with Windows Server 2008. In 
> addition to gaining insight into Windows Server 2008, this also includes 
> unprecedented access to various product groups (developers, architects and 
> PMs) 
> inside of Microsoft, who can lend their assistance, give technical 
> information 
> and answer design questions you may have. 
> Normally, we request companies send 3-4 attendees, and we usually have 3-4 
> companies in the lab in a given week. Given the ASF's size and breadth, 
> we've 
> reserved the entire lab for the week for the Apache Foundation, and we'd 
> like 
> to see somewhere in the range of 15-18 people from a wide variety of 
> projects 
> attend. 
> ---------------- 
> We would be very interested in having several people from the Tomcat, HTTPD 
> and 
> Axis groups attend.  Other projects including APR, Apache C++ Standard 
> Library 
> project, Harmony, and Maven.NET also come to mind.  Any project that is 
> impacted 
> by the release of Windows 2008, or is looking to solve Windows-specific 
> project 
> issues, may profit from this opportunity. 
> We are interested in having each project who deals with Microsoft Windows 
> compatibility or portability to bring small contingent of 1 or 2 developers 
> to 
> the table, so please chat within your own PMC or even your dev@ list first 
> to 
> determine who is most interested in attending this camp on behalf of your 
> project.  Space is constrained, and we'd like to ensure that specific 
> attention 
> can be given to projects that need it. 
> ---------------- 
> The cost of the event itself is being handled by our team (the Open Source 
> Software Lab), all you have to do is actually get here.  Some travel 
> assistance 
> by Microsoft will be available (hotel/airfare), *if* your employer can't 
> pick up such costs.  As my budget is limited, how much travel assistance we 
> can 
> provide is linked to how many need to avail themselves of it.  If you don't 
> need a subsidy, hotels can still be booked at MS's corp rate at most nearby, 
> saving some money. 
> -------------------- 
> To track interest, please register for this event in the subversion file 
> and send me an email with the following information: 
>    Full Name: 
>    Street Address: 
>    Phone Number: 
>    Email Address: 
>    ASF Projects Involved in: 
>    Travel Assistance Required: (full/part/none) 
>    Product Groups you wish to get access to: 
>    Any technical aspects you'd like to address: 
> ------- 
> You might be interested in the "political" rational of why we value this 
> chance 
> to meet some of the ASF developers and help them work through Windows 
> compatibility issues. You can see Sam Ramji's blog entry about why we asked 
> Mozilla out: 
> Garrett Serack | Open Source Community Lead | Microsoft Corporation 
> Office:(425)706-7939 
> email/messenger: [hidden email] 
> blog:

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