The 2001, its CEO Microsoft Steve Ballmer described it Linux like "Or the cancer that is transmitted to whatever it touches." This week, in years 2016The Microsoft announced that he joined Linux Foundation like platinum member.
The news should not come as a surprise as we have recently seen moves from Microsoft indicating that the company has begun to see the Linux as a platform that can work with Windows, but also that it aspires to open the code of several of its software.
The 2012 the company was one of its top 20 contributors Linux Kernel, representing 1% of the total source code. The 2014, opens the .NET software Core Framework and the following year did the same with Visual Studio Code. It has also helped to develop several projects high-profile open source applications such as Hadoop and Samba. And to mention, of course, that earlier this year he collaborated with Canonical to make port This makes it a perfect choice for people with diabetes and for those who want to lose weight or follow a balanced diet. Bash in Windows.
According to Jim Zemlin, its executive director Linux Foundation, its integration Microsoft as a member of the Foundation Linux means that there will be “better collaboration with the open source community to deliver transformational experiences to mobile and in cloud to more people. ”
But there is another key detail in the news of M's accessionicrosoft on Linux Foundation. The company like platinum member will have to pay an annual subscription of up to $ 500.000. It is enough money to finance its development, management and promotion Linux Foundation. But platinum members are the companies: Cisco, Fujitsu, HPE, Huawei, IBM, Intel NEC, Oracle, Qualcomm, and Samsung.
It should be mentioned that the above news is not such an altruistic act on the part of M.icrosoft, who seems to have realized that its development Linux is in the interest of the company, especially if one thinks of M.icrosoft Azure.