The Linux Foundation is the most reputable non-profit open source organization. On last of 2016, they announced that Microsoft had joined the team at a Platinum member at the Microsoft’s Connect(); developer ceremony in New York.
Microsoft has unwaveringly increased its engagement in open source projects and communities in cloud computing, networking, and gaming. The company is now a leading open source patron on GitHub. Earlier this year they announced various milestones that symbolize the expense of its involvement to open source community. The company released the open source dotNET Core 1.0 which is partnered with Official to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10. Microsoft open-sourced its software development kit to working with FreeBSD to publish an image for Azure. Besides, Microsoft is also working with organizations like Red Hat, open-SUSE and others to promote their clarifications in its products.
Scott Guthrie, the Executive Vice President of Microsoft Cloud, and Enterprise Group stated, “As a cloud platform organization we aim to help developers accomplish more using the platforms and languages they know.” He also said, “The Linux Foundation is now the home for not only to Linux but several of the community’s complete innovative open source projects. We are thrilled to join The Linux Foundation and partner with the community to help developers obtain on the shift to creative cloud and mobile expertise.”
Microsoft already contributes to several Linux Foundation projects, including Node.js Foundation, OpenDaylight, Open Container Initiative, R Consortium and Open API Initiative.
John Gossman, the Chief Architect of the Microsoft Azure team, already joined The Linux Foundation Board of Directors.
As with the most corporate partnership in open-source, most of the money goes to projects that leadership support and web technologies that those organizations depending on. Some projects that create the application that the computer user uses every day (like GNOME User interface, or LibreOffice) are unlikely to see much, if any, of Microsoft’s money. It is also reasonably doubtful that Microsoft desktop applications will suddenly run on Linux or become more compatible unless Microsoft starts spending some bucks to people to work on WINE as the full-time developer.
As a member of Linux Foundation, it did not ensure, that Windows will have the Linux-based application for their users and will support Linux Operating Systems. Take the Adobe, for example as Adobe spends $20,000 per year as a Silver member of the Linux Foundation. Adobe also closed releasing updates for Flash to Linux four years ago. Moreover, the thing is, there still isn’t a Linux variant of the Creative Suite, which means you still need Windows to run Photoshop, Lightroom and the likes. As a user myself, Acrobat Reader on Linux is near useless.
Jim Zemlin, The Executive Director of The Linux Foundation, said, “Microsoft has grown and matured in its use of and contributions to open source technology.” He also stated that “Microsoft has become an enthusiastic follower of Linux and open source plus a very active company and contributor of many important projects. Membership is a significant step for Microsoft, but also for the open source community as a whole, which stands to benefit from the company’s expanding range of contributions.”
To view a full roster of Linux Foundation members, please visit http://www.linuxfoundation.org/about/members.
If you do not know about The Linux Foundation, here is a short extra about Linux Foundation.
The Linux Foundation is the organization for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that boost the open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. It was founded in 2000, and until today it provides tools, training, and events to scale any open source project, which together delivers an economic impact not achievable by any one company. For more information, please visit www.linuxfoundation.org.