An anonymous reader writes: When asked for comments by linux magazine on Microsoft's move to contribute code to the linux kernel, Linus Torvalds responded: I'm a big believer in "technology over politics". I don't care who it comes from, as long as there are solid reasons for the code, and as long as we don't have to worry about licensing etc issues. I may make jokes about Microsoft at times, but at the same time, I think the Microsoft hatred is a disease. I believe in open development, and that very much involves not just making the source open, but also not shutting other people and companies out. . He also criticizes the free software extremists for being hypocritical, bashing Microsoft for contributing code (that enables linux to run better virtualized on their own virtualization platform), while at the same time praising other companies (like IBM) that do or have done similar things: I agree that it's driven by selfish reasons, but that's how all open source code gets written! We all "scratch our own itches" Interesting read.