The battle between Linux and Microsoft is one of the oldest battles in the history of technology. Ever since they introduced Linux, both of them started accusing each other. Microsoft is charging a lot by selling operating systems while Linux wants to give their OS for free! So, the battle begins.
But recently, we saw them working together. In the latest reports, Microsoft is the 17th largest Linux contributor! They help to write Linux code?
After that, very recently, Microsoft and Canonical partnered in order to provide Ubuntu from Microsoft’s Azure platform. Ubuntu Linux joining Microsoft!
Several days after that, we again heard more news about this friendship. This time, the father of Linux steps in. With the new Windows 8?s UEFI boot, Linux won’t be able to dual-boot with it. That means, if you have a machine with Windows 8, you can’t put Linux into it! To solve this problem, without accusing Microsoft, Linux accepted UEFI boot and admired it. Then, they decided to join Microsoft! If you can’t beat them, join them! So, Fedora decided to pay $99 to Microsoft and obtain a key in order to enable Fedora booting in Windows 8 systems. The greatest news is, Linus Torvalds agrees with Fedora! He said UEFI boot can add some sort of security but it won’t be perfect. But he also said, if it takes only $99 for a key, it’s better to go with the flow!
The latest incident came yesterday. For several years Skype kept the Linux version of their software under the beta tag. Recently, Microsoft acquired Skype and recently, they released a better improved stable release of Skype for Linux!
Are we dreaming? Earlier these two were accusing each other. Each one tried their best to take down the other. Some of you might think that Linux is small and Windows don’t have any completion. Its wrong… I think Linux is bigger than Microsoft. More than 80% of servers are powered by Linux. Facebook, Google, Twitter, our Tech Hamlet and many more sites reside in Linux powered machines. Most of you might be using Android phones and tablets. Android is based on Linux. There are smart TVs powered by Linux. Its huge!
Actually, this is a really good sign. Microsoft and Linux have their own pros and cons. If they join together, it will be a real boost to the world of technology.
So, I’m thinking… Who gave up the fight? Microsoft or Linux? What do you think?