Is Microsoft “the only [company] doing serious innovating with Linux?” That’s Jessie Frazelle’s contention.

And yet it does suggest a very possible future where Microsoft doesn’t merely accept a peaceful coexistence with Linux, but instead enthusiastically embraces it as a key to its future.

The days of “Linux is a cancer” Ballmerisms of 2001 have faded.

Indeed, when I asked Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin how far down the list of contributors Microsoft currently sits, he told me Microsoft is currently the 47th largest contributor.

Yes, Microsoft joined the Linux Foundation last year as a Platinum member, but that’s not innovation.

Heck, the first sponsor of the Open Source Business Conference, which I started in 2004 and ran for 10 years?

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