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Microsoft is joining the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member

Microsoft has been going through some huge changes internally over the last couple of years and it looks like things aren’t slowing down just yet. Today, Microsoft made the surprise announcement that it would be joining the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member, joining the likes of Intel, IBM, Samsung and Qualcomm.

Linux and Microsoft have had quite a bit of history as the two competed quite a bit in the 90’s, though since then Windows has gone on to become the dominant PC platform. Now with Satya Nadella now in charge, Microsoft has been embracing open-source more than ever before, which has culminated in the Windows creator now getting onboard with Linux.


This news came out of Microsoft’s Connect event for programmers. However, it is important to note that this isn’t Microsoft’s first step to bolster its efforts in the open-source community recently, the company has also brought SQL Server to Linux, open-sourced portions of the .NET platform and has contributed to Linux Foundation projects like the Open API Initiative and the Open Container Initiative.

As a Platinum member of the Linux Foundation, Microsoft will contribute $500,000 and John Gossman from the Azure team will join the Linux Foundation Board of Directors. Speaking about Microsoft’s recent induction to the Linux Foundation, Executive Director Jim Zemlin commented that “Microsoft has grown and matured in its use of and contributions to open source technology”, adding that the company has become an “enthusiastic supporter of Linux” and is an important part of many on going projects.

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KitGuru Says: Things have definitely changed a tonne over at Microsoft in recent years. Do you guys think Microsoft’s current direction is the right one? Do you think Microsoft should be getting more involved with open-source projects and Linux?

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  • Brayden Merrill

    I think this is great! I’m hoping to see more native support for Microsoft technologies on Linux from this. Do I think we’ll see DirectX on Linux any time soon? Probably not, but this is definitely a big step in the right direction.

  • Xerial

    Easiest way to destroy something is from the inside.. he said cynically..

  • Mike

    Mostly a PR stunt, and also a chance to get their guys into the team and start slowly taking it over.

    Remember people. This is M$. The same “open platform” people who brought us such wonders as the WINDOWS STORE! Good luck modding your games purchased on there *to those 5 people who actually used it*.

    I like Windows, but on the guard must we remain! Gentlemen, set your eyes to SHIFTY! >.>

  • Sevuz

    Yeah I wouldn’t trust MS more that I true other big companies (and that ain’t much). MS gold is and has always been $$$. If anything, they have tried to take the PC away as an open platform a few times over the years. They would love to turn Windows into XBL like platform where you have to pay to get online.

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