Microsoft has admitted that it was wrong to wage years of open source warfare and now welcomes and supports it.
Microsoft has been fighting Linux for years, from the beginning of its commercial existence even at the height of its dominance in desktop machines. In fact, in 2001, the former CEO of Microsoft, Mr. Steve Ballmer, claimed that the operating system "Linux is a cancer".
The current president of Microsoft, Mr. Bard Smith, believes that the company made a mistake about open source. "Microsoft was on the wrong side of the story when open source logic made an impressive appearance at the turn of the century," Smith said in a statement. recent conference at MIT . Smith is not yesterday. He has been with Microsoft for more than 25 years and was one of the company's top lawyers during his battles with open source software.
Microsoft, always according to Smith, has changed since he considered Linux a cancer. It is now the only and largest contributor to open source projects in the world, winning over Facebook, Docker, Google, Apache and many more.
And not only that. Microsoft will bring a full Linux kernel in a Windows 10 update that will be released later this month. It also works with open source communities to create PowerToys for Windows 10.
The company's new open design philosophy could mean that we will see much more open source efforts in Windows in the coming years.