News: It's never to late to do the right thing - Microsoft admits they were wrong about Open Source

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News: It's never to late to do the right thing - Microsoft admits they were wrong about Open Source

Postby Kunda1 » Sat May 16, 2020 12:58 pm

Microsoft President Brad Smith Acknowledges They Were Previously Wrong On Open-Source

MICROSOFT -- While Microsoft executives in past years have called open-source/Linux a "cancer" and other FUD, current President of Microsoft, Brad Smith, acknowledges they were wrong in those past remarks.

Microsoft has certainly changed attitude in recent years with their numerous open-source projects to having Linux developers on their payroll to their recent acquisition of GitHub... Heck there's even the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

Brad Smith has served as the President of Microsoft since 2015. He held a virtual talk / fireside chat today with MIT CSAIL on various technology topics.

Some of his most interesting comments were on the topic of open-source to which he said the following:
"Microsoft was on the wrong side of history when open-source exploded at the beginning of the century and I can say that about me personally. The good news is that, if life is long enough, you can learn...that you need to change. Today, Microsoft is the single largest contributor to open-source projects in the world when it comes to businesses. When we look at GitHub, we see it as the home for open-source development, and we see our responsibility as its steward to make it a secure, productive home for [developers]."
We'll see what happens next for Microsoft and open-source. Thanks to the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab for hosting the interesting talk.
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Re: News: It's never to late to do the right thing - Microsoft admits they were wrong about Open Source

Postby freedman » Sat May 16, 2020 5:49 pm

I would like to ask Brad; "would you guarantee in writing, that you will never delete anything from Git", unless it's porn or something.

Buy a new laptop and watch how much it communicates with Microsoft, every 2 seconds or almost continuously. Is that what we want, they don't care what we want they just take it. I don't believe a word they say.

If I were in their business shoes I would embrace open source for a few years and then say "Oh! we give up and we are closing Git". Some stuff would be OK but they will take much with them. They can't be trusted IMO.
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Re: News: It's never to late to do the right thing - Microsoft admits they were wrong about Open Source

Postby jahwobble » Sun May 17, 2020 10:37 am

I remember some senior MS bod (Steve Ballmer I think) threatening Linux devs and users with lawsuits for the "software patent" violations he claimed existed in Linux code. The lawsuits never materialised. Strange that they'd be so rattled when they had the lions share of the PC market and a goodly chunk of servers.
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Re: News: It's never to late to do the right thing - Microsoft admits they were wrong about Open Source

Postby RatonLaveur » Mon May 18, 2020 12:49 pm

you'll find there are people who are vindictive, self-righteous and with a total lack of self-awareness.

That's one such example. Not realizing that the high horse you're looking down on "peasants" from was actually raised by these "peasants", that's really sad, but that's reality.

I'll paraphrase John Oliver who said of one important person in office in one country, that whenever they yell "I'll sue you!" is basically their version of "Bazingah!"...it's not much more than baseless grandstanding.