Microsoft Joins The Linux Foundation

Microsoft Joins The Linux Foundation

After years of feuding with the open source software makers, Microsoft threw everyone for a loop when they joined the Linux Foundation yesterday. The Foundation supports the development of the Linux kernel and promotes open source software distribution. Microsoft has committed to donating $500,000 annually to the cause.

So why is this such a shock? Many geeks remember when former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made the statement, “Linux is a cancer that attaches itself, in an intellectual proper sense, to everything it touches,” in 2001. Now, 15 years later, the same company has pledged a half million dollars to support open source development. The company also announced SQL Server for Linux at the same press conference.

How did this happen???

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