Long gone are the days of Microsoft’s war with Linux ! Microsoft today declared that they are joining the Linux Foundation as their Platinum Member. Keeping their rough history apart, the new CEO Satya Nadella has a warmer sentiment towards Linux.
Gone are the days when Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, declared that “Linux is a cancer”. Keeping their rough history apart, the new CEO Satya Nadella has a warmer sentiment towards Linux.
Today The Linux Foundation is announcing that we’ve welcomed Microsoft as a Platinum member. I’m honored to join Scott Guthrie, executive VP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group, at the Connect(); developer event in New York and expect to be able to talk more in the coming months about how we’ll intensify our work together for the benefit of the open source community at large.
Linux Foundation membership underscores what Microsoft has demonstrated time and again, which is that the company is evolving and maturing with the technology industry. Open source has become a dominant force in software development–the de facto way to develop infrastructure software–as individuals and companies have realized that they can solve their own technology challenges and help others at the same time.
This waving of white flag is not entirely surprising. For those of you who have kept tabs, Microsoft was losing the war with Open Source. With only the desktop to credit, Microsoft’s Windows has lost the most important round of popularity in end-user operating system. That trophy undoubtedly goes to Android.
Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of Linux, believes there will undoubtedly be skepitcism around the move, adding that there is a natural anti-establishment sentiment in open source. He ended on the note “Membership is an important step for Microsoft, but it’s perhaps bigger news for the open source community, which will benefit from the company’s sustained contributions”.