Gone are the days when Microsoft was at war with Linux and the whole of free and open-source software movement. The tech giant now has narrowly slimmed down the rivalry, outstanding against Linux, the most successful competitor to windows. Mr. Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft and Mr. Mark Russinovich, CTO of Microsoft Azure have endorsed this sensational remark “Microsoft loves Linux” on the changed outlook of Microsoft to Linux in many occasions.
Addressing a conference at Raleigh, North Carolina, Mr. Mark Russinovich remarked that “If you’re a Linux or open source developer, Microsoft wants to work with you, and maybe even hire you.” Also he added to 1,700 person crowd of open source and Linux coders assembled there to “Pass your resumes up,” that there are nearly about 500 job openings for those who know Linux, and another 330 openings for open source-related jobs outside the US.
Interestingly, the immense freedom and possibilities that open source brings has liberated the developers from the captivity of proprietary software boundaries. The open source endows enormous freedom to the developers to access the source code and debugging tools for bug fixing and enhancing the quality of software. This significant liberty has paved way to huge shift from traditional paradigm of proprietary software to open source domain thereby triggering new revolution of Linux age in the corporate and industrial sectors. This change had led to a steady growth of Enterprise Linux worldwide. It is this realization that made Microsoft to develop its own flavor of Linux so as to regain its dominance in the industry.
It’s quite inspiring that most of the supercomputers, big internet companies (Facebook, Google, and many others) and most of the corporate data center is on Linux. It is also encouraging that few of the Red Hat professionals trained at IPSR are working as system engineers at Microsoft. This collaboration and attitude change is a clear indication of convergence in the IT industry to an age of Linux.