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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <>
Subject Re: Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility Lab Invitation
Date Wed, 16 Jan 2008 00:26:56 GMT
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.


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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