Voice of the Masses: Should Microsoft be allowed to join the Linux Foundation?

It might sound like a flock of pigs are flying through an especially cold day in hell, but it’s true: Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation. And as a Platinum member!

Now, given Microsoft’s uneasy (to say the least) relationship with GNU/Linux and Free Software in the past, and ongoing patent issues, it makes us wonder: should the company even be allowed to join the Linux Foundation?

Let us know your opinions in the comments below. Do you think Microsoft has changed sufficiently to become a trustworthy member of the Foundation? Should the company be barred from getting involved at all? Or do you think our feelings and opinions shouldn’t be a part of this, and if Microsoft plays by the rules, there’s no problem?