I do not know if it is time to worry or to rejoice in front of the latest events that are happening around various companies that distribute Linux distros and the proprietary software giant Windows. What is true is that allowing Linux to run on Windows can be a rather risky move that, if it is favorable for the Linux environment, will bring with it the incorporation of many more applications to our operating system.
But it is important that we reflect on the intentions of the representatives of this organization with the incorporation in the first instance of tools that allow the Linux console to be present in Windows 10 and now with the announcement that in the future (seemingly immediate) we can access ubuntu from the Windows Store.
What is Linux gaining from this?, Does Windows want Linux to be one of your products?, Will Linux lose some of the market share who had won?, Does Windows feel threatened by Linux?. These and many other questions should be asked by each of those who today enjoy Linux and the philosophy of Free software.
Little by little, Microsoft and its flagship software Windows have been getting closer to free software and Linux, but honestly, the contributions it has made are very few compared to what it has received in return. But we must also understand that if we want an accelerated growth of Linux, we have to support all agreements that bring benefits in one way or another to this free operating system.
In my personal opinion, I believe that Linux and free software should create barriers that protect us before the influence of Microsoft and all proprietary software, but avoiding denying the possibility of improving and taking advantage of the contributions that this industry can offer.
Others cannot be allowed to consume for their own benefit what others have developed for the benefit of the world, and in the worst case, once stolen what is not theirs, they create campaigns to exterminate the primary idea.
I am one of those who believe that we must avoid at all costs that free software becomes socialist, understanding this phrase, as the process of giving the same to everyone and taking away from those who have the most to give them to those who have the least. Linux and Free Software must create clear mechanisms to avoid parasites, which benefit from third-party development without the slightest intention of not even thanking them for such contributions.
All this should awaken in us a critical vision, which allows the entire community to have a clear vision of the events that are taking place, managing to determine the pros and cons of Microsoft's movements around free software. And I am not saying with this that the critical vision must revolve around the boycott, on the contrary, it must revolve around channeling the necessary mechanisms so that free software is the beneficiary.
We know that the communities in some cases will not influence the agreements already established, or the future agreements, but it is important that we make our position clear and above all that we make the best of these circumstances.
It will dawn and we will see, but meanwhile, Tux protect us.
PS: GNU / Linux but we know that Linux is what it is and we have already talked about that