If you know Linux, Microsoft wants you
Business Insider/Julie Bort
Years ago, Microsoft was at war with Linux and the whole free and open-source software movement.The free operating system called Linux is by far the most successful competitor to Windows in the data center. It's used by supercomputers, big internet companies (Facebook, Google, and many others) and is in nearly every corporate data center, too.
But Microsoft's focus under CEO Satya Nadella is all about the cloud, and less about protecting its Windows operating system empire."It's obvious. If we don't support Linux, we'll be Windows only and that's not practical," Russinovich told the crowd.That's true. Microsoft today doesn't care what OS you use just so long as you are using it on Microsoft's cloud, Azure. Either way is money in Microsoft's pocket. And one-quarter of all the servers being rented by Azure customers are using Linux today, Russinovich said.
Microsoft even went so far as to develop its own flavor of Linux, it told a stunned development community in September.
That's why Microsoft is constantly telling the world these days that Microsoft loves Linux.
Apparently, it even had buttons made up:
If it really does give that drive up, then Microsoft will win some real street cred from Linux and open source developers, which should help it fill those jobs.
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