Although FromLinux has excellent news about the linux world, sometimes I also explore other media, as in Google News. Today I came across a curious piece of news in a newspaper in my country (Argentina) called Page 12. In part it is as follows:
"Picasso and Rembrandt work for Linux"
The story of how Microsoft - Linux's main enemy for two decades - became a major contributor of lines of code to the kernel well deserves a shot of pride to the chest of the open culture developer community - and how it became a lackluster sponsor of LinuxCon, the annual European Linux conference –which this year takes place in Barcelona– is not without fun.
Steve Ballmer, current CEO of the company, had said a few years ago that "Linux was like cancer" and that it had to be eradicated. In 2009, however, Microsoft started collaborating on lines of code for the kernel, but the relationship with the developers was not entirely good, mainly because the code did not remain as expected by the Linux world.
Those problems were "remedied," according to Greg Kroah-Hartman, one of the Linux picassos. The problems ran in the same direction as Android, whose modifications were implemented in Linux after being rejected for years. "They sold 100 million smart phones, they must have done something right", Linus Torvalds trusted in the keynote talk he gave at the Fira Hotel in Barcelona.
Jim Zemlin wrote a few days ago an article where he said "Welcome to the post-desktop Microsoft era, you will find a quite different world." Zemline wrote that “due to smartphones, tablets and other personal computers, Microsoft's presence dropped dramatically 30 percent in 2012 ”.
The article follows with an interview. You can read it in http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/cdigital/31-207688-2012-11-13.html
If I didn't understand wrong Is Microsoft helping and even collaborating with the Kernel?
This is weird and I don't know whether to make me happy or cry. The truth is that it is good that leading software companies collaborate, but this could become, I don't know ... a little dangerous.
What do you think?