Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has made controversial “cancer” remarks about Linux, but the company has been a fairly aggressive embrace of the Linux ecosystem in recent years since Satya Nadella took over. “My personal view is that microsoft was wrongly on the opposite side of history when the open source community began to erupt in the early 2000s, ” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president, admitted in a recent conversation hosted by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab.
As a veteran, Brad Smith joined Microsoft before it was hit by antitrust lawsuits in the 1990s. He added: “The good news is that if life is long enough, we always have a chance to change.”
In fact, Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform has supported various Linux distributions for years, and even used a Linux-based operating system on Azure Sphere to build a development platform for IoT applications.
At the Build Developer Conference in 2016, Microsoft solemnly announced its love of Linux. In addition, on the Windows 10 operating system, the software giant has also provided the “Windows Linux Subsystem” (WSL) in recent years.
Even if 2020 is not the “Year of Linux Desktop,” Microsoft’s embrace of the Linux ecosystem is the right choice, after all, making Azure and Windows more important than ever.
Finally, the second version of the Windows Linux subsystem, released last year, is actually an important part of Windows 10 2004, also known as the May 2020 update, which will come this month.