Voice of the Masses: Can we finally trust Microsoft?

In the past, Microsoft’s attitude towards Linux and open source has been infamously inflammatory, and combative (to choose two random examples).

But perhaps thanks to a new CEO, Microsoft’s attitude is changing. It’s hugely significant that .Net is finally open, for example. So too is the release of a native Linux version of its Visual Studio Code IDE. Plus, the Microsoft Openness team held its own Debian 8 release party – all things that would have been inconceivable a decade ago.

Microsoft is also embracing the Raspberry Pi and Windows 10 is the only Arduino certified operating system.

We want to know whether you think this is part of a bone fide thawing in Microsoft’s approach to Linux and open source, or whether all this manoeuvring could be yet another marketing campaign, capitalising on the current strength and success of Free Software and open source. In short, can we finally trust Microsoft?

Let us know in the comments and we’ll read them out in our next podcast.


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