Search the Internet for “Microsoft and Linux.” Go ahead; open a new tab and run that term through Bing. *rimshot* I’ll wait.
Notice a common thread? I sure do. Virtually every top result harkens back to 2001, the year that Steve Ballmer is credited with calling Linux “a cancer.”
For nearly two decades, Microsoft waged a holy war against Linux – I’ve actually had Microsoft employees tell me that the first thing they learned from Redmond were the evils of open source – until 2015, when Microsoft declared its love of Linux and later went on to join the Linux Foundation.
When you consider the circumstances, however, it’s not at all surprising. (more…)