Linux vs Microsoft — an open source underdog fighting an enterprise tycoon — it could the perfect tagline of a Hollywood blockbuster with its roots in the technology world. The things have started to change at Redmond under the leadership of Satya Nadella, but technology geeks have seen enough action already.
Linux and Windows have battled competitively for the past decade in the server and desktop markets. Also, both sides have had their share of bitter remarks in the past. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once labeled Linux as cancer “that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches.” Along the similar lines, 5 years ago, the Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin claimed that Microsoft used to be “our big rival, but now it’s kind of like kicking a puppy.”
As I mentioned above, the relations between Linux and Microsoft are improving. Microsoft is embracing Linux and other open source technologies and trying hard to be a good guy.
The same nature of Redmond was reflected in July 2011, when the Windows-maker created a video on the 20th anniversary of Linux and submitted to the Linux Foundation with the message “warm wishes for your 20th Anniversary. Be prepared for your birthday cake :-).”
It’s a very important milestone in the Microsoft vs. Linux rivalry and you might have seen it before. Well, if you haven’t watched it already, take a look below and share your thoughts in the comments section: