Mark Hinkle offers up a few ideas for Microsoft on who to put on its open-source Christmas list. Interesting....
Perhaps they should buy a company for the technology and something complementary to their portfolio. Granted a company with a large community might be nice but could be quickly alienated because of anti-Microsoft sentiment that prevails in many open source communities. What might be even better is an open source software company that they can take from obscurity and fueled by the Microsoft channel and their hordes of cash.
In other words, a company to toe-dip into open source to learn from and through whom it could work out the kinks in its open-source plans. Seems reasonable to me.
Mark suggests systems management and some other areas as particularly ripe for Redmond. Think Microsoft will bite?