I recently came across this article stating Microsoft's intentions as it relates to open-source OSs.
Microsoft's announcement last week that it was forming a wholly owned subsidiary dedicated to forging stronger ties with the open source world took more than a few observers by surprise.
After all, this is the company that once called open source software a “cancer,” that has asserted repeated patent claims against Linux and other open source software, and that has resorted to a multiplicity of scare tactics to drive potential users away from open source alternatives to its own products.
What are your thoughts on this move, do you think that they really can commit? And if they do, what are the possible implications of this decision?
The entire article can be found here: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/253949/microsoft_and_openness_can_it_really_commit.html