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Linux Receives 20th Birthday Video From Microsoft 368

moonbender writes "The Linux kernel has received birthday wishes from an unexpected direction — a video animation from Microsoft. Quoting The H: 'The video picks up on the strained relationship between Microsoft and Linux by displaying the phrase "Microsoft Vs. Linux" and then showing Tux, the Linux mascot, turning his back on the offer of a birthday cake from Microsoft. After a brief outline of the history between Microsoft and Linux, the video ends with a conciliatory gesture: Tux accepts the birthday cake in his igloo and the video ends with "Happy Birthday" and the editing of the initial phrase to "Microsoft and Linux?' The Linux Foundation has more stuff celebrating the kernel's 20th birthday."
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Linux Receives 20th Birthday Video From Microsoft

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  • by RazzleFrog ( 537054 ) on Wednesday July 20, 2011 @11:49AM (#36824370)

    With the way the Apple juggernaut has been steamrolling it would make sense to me for Microsoft and Open Source in general to find a way of co-existing. Say what you want about Microsoft, but Apple's heavy-handed, strict controls and policies makes Microsoft look like a pussy cat in comparison.

  • by King_TJ ( 85913 ) on Wednesday July 20, 2011 @12:05PM (#36824588) Journal

    The bottom line is, these are all big BUSINESSES, with an unwavering goal of maximizing profits for their shareholders. When you see all of this "back and forth" between competitors, where one month they're bashing each other and the next, their CEOs are on TV together acting friendly? Remember that NONE of it really means much.

    I'm pretty sure that on a personal level, almost all of these tech company "higher ups" have mutual respect for each other. After all, people in similar income brackets tend to have a lot of common interests. (A Bill Gates type isn't likely to have a lot of fun going on the same discounted vacation cruises that your typical family signs up for in the summer, etc. Your idea of a "nice hotel" and his probably aren't the same, nor are your typical "good, yet affordable" restaurant choices, right?) And they share a common interest in furthering high-tech products or services for the masses in SOME manner, even if they differ on the details of exactly HOW they think the future should unfold with them.

    By the same token, most of the employees of these firms are just software developers, systems administrators and Q.A. testers trying to earn a paycheck in their field of interest. Guys I knew who coded apps for Microsoft often used Linux or a Mac at home, even if they really liked what Microsoft was doing. (Hey, if nothing else, it's refreshing to come home to something different than what you've got to use at work all day long!)

    I'm pretty sure a lot of this animosity we hear of between competitors is cooked up by P.R. and marketing/advertising types. If you've got a product you can get people to rally behind, it's very profitable to pretend you're at "war" with the competition -- even if the C.E.O. of the main competitor is one of your company's C.E.O.'s drinking buddies and they negotiate co-operative deals in the background on a regular basis.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 20, 2011 @12:11PM (#36824670)

    In a not so distant windows release. We will eventually have standard apis across hardware & platforms, and the oses will compete purely on features and performance while all running the programs. They'll no longer have differing APIs if they want to survive. MS sees this and has plans to ride it as far as they can, across their whole spectrum of products - windows phone, xbox, windows for pc - while Apple, Sony, Android restrict themselves to the developers in their respective markets who don't want to write one app for multiple platforms.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 20, 2011 @12:20PM (#36824770)

    Where the hell it says that Microsoft send it!!?? It just says "User-submitted video"

  • by Sloppy ( 14984 ) on Wednesday July 20, 2011 @12:21PM (#36824786) Homepage Journal

    it would make sense to me for Microsoft and Open Source in general to find a way of co-existing.

    Microsoft has decided they have found that way: patent royalties. A Linux programmer paid by someone else writes the code, and Microsoft receives revenue from someone else's work (while simultaneously creating a deterrent for others in the same industry).

    All the software industry needs, is roll over and accept that programmers (and their customers) can never be free.

    Problem solved.

  • by Bing Tsher E ( 943915 ) on Wednesday July 20, 2011 @12:31PM (#36824930) Journal

    IBM is a convicted monopolist, too.

    Many, many companies use embrace/extend/extinguish. Even the GNU project has done that to an extent.

  • I think as a conciliatory gesture, Microsoft should stop it's patent extortion practices against users of Linux. In case you were wondering, I'm talking about HTC.
  • by formfeed ( 703859 ) on Wednesday July 20, 2011 @01:26PM (#36825724)

    Either that or Microsoft Office for Linux(tm) is coming soon!*

    Seriously, that could happen as an attempt to stick it to Apple.

Q: How many IBM CPU's does it take to execute a job? A: Four; three to hold it down, and one to rip its head off.