tl;dr: It's not over until Microsoft joins OIN.
If Microsoft wants to signal the end of hostilities, step one is to sign the Mozilla Open Software Patent License Agreement or join OIN. Until one of those happens, it’s best to celebrate Red Hat’s continued rise and the success of the open source revolution they are monetizing, while remaining skeptical of Microsoft’s overall love for Linux.
Croatia’s Ministry of Veterans has published a manual on how to use Linux and LibreOffice. The document is part of a feasibility pilot in the Ministry. “The text is intended for public administrations, but can be useful to others interested in using these tools”, the Ministry writes in its announcement on 5 November.
All the same, let's be clear that all the "Microsoft Loves Linux" hype I saw at SUSECon yesterday and at other events earlier this year is just not true. Microsoft Azure loves Linux, there is no doubt; it is a basic requirement for them to become relevant on a cloud market dominated by AWS and Linux.
But the rest of the company still does not. They still seem to covertly spread open source related FUD about LibreOffice. They still expect embedded Linux vendors to pay for patent licenses of dubious necessity. The Windows and Office business units show no signs of "loving" Linux and only modest signs of co-existing with open source.
If they want to signal the end of hostilities, step one is to sign the Mozilla Open Software Patent Licnese Agreement https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/about/patents/license/ or join OIN. Until one of those happens, I remain sceptical of Microsoft's love for Linux.
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