It’s official, Microsoft is the Platinum member of Linux Foundation.
This move has raised some eyebrows, especially given the fact that Microsoft has long been known for proprietary software. That is the exact opposite of Linux, but indications are that there is shift in thinking.
Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has tried out new things.
Point to be noted here is that Microsoft has been playing a prominent part in the Linux Foundation projects, including Node.js Foundation, OpenDaylight, Open Container Initiative, R Consortium and Open API Initiative.
Interestingly, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had once called Linux cancer.
Ballmer said in an interview way back in 2001, “Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches.”
However, earlier this year, Ballmer softened his stance, by saying that at the time, it was the right position to take for Microsoft, but now “the threat from Linux was now in the rearview mirror.”
This year, Microsoft also announced it will be bringing its SQL Server to Linux as well.