‘In the beginning, Microsoft was The Evil Empire … The Evil Empire hasn’t been evil for about eight years now‘.
Gotta ‘Love‘ Microsoft’s Jedi Knight Satya Nadella since he took over in 2014!
In 2001 then CEO Steve Ballmer declared: “Linux is a cancer.” Later, Microsoft sponsored SCO’s copyright attack on Linux; claimed that Linux violated unnamed Microsoft patents; and forced Linux-based Android vendors to pay for dubious patent claims. Bill Gates and Ballmer’s Microsoft wanted to see Linux and open-source software (OSS) dead and buried.
snip … Embrace, extend, extinguish also failed against the open source method, and – this is the important bit – Microsoft knows it.
So when Satya Nadella took charge of Microsoft as its new CEO and said: “Microsoft loves Linux,” that wasn’t just lip service. He knew that to make money, Microsoft had to really embrace, and not extinguish, open source.
Nadella told Wired back in the day that he wasn’t interested in fighting old battles. Linux has become a vital part of today’s business technology. “If you don’t jump on the new,” he said, “you don’t survive.”
snip … When Ballmer announced he was leaving, Microsoft’s stock price was $34.47. On July 8, 2022, it was $267.66.
Get the picture? Microsoft has become more valuable than ever because it finally figured out that it was better to join Linux and open source than to fight it. If you still think Microsoft is the enemy, think again.
LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!