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From Issac Goldstand <>
Subject Re: Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility Lab Invitation
Date Wed, 16 Jan 2008 10:40:18 GMT

This is probably all the way at the bottom of your priority list, but I 
figure it can't hurt to mention - what about a decent command line build 
solution; IIRC, one of the (very minor) reasons we're still with VC6 is 
the ability to create a Makefile, which recent VS suites no longer 


William A. Rowe, Jr. wrote:
> I'm planning to attend to address issues on several fronts, and I hear
> some PHP folks will make it as well.  It might be a really good chance
> to start digging deeper into the interop issues with MSVCR runtimes,
> so if there is a modperl dev or two who are interested, I'd love to
> spend some of this time working on those specifics.
> Bill
> Garrett Serack wrote:
>> Howdy,
>> 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 February 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:
>> blog:

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