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Linux Receives 20th Birthday Video from Microsoft

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Linux will be 20 years old on August 26.

Microsoft has apparently submitted a birthday video just in time to the Linux Foundation, which posted the video on YouTube.

The video takes a very casual approach to the battle that has had an serious tone since the mid 1990s, and has sailed through especially tough claims of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who described Linux as cancer back in 2001 and repeatedly noted that Linux is violating Microsoft's patents. However, the casual tone in this video is friendly and even ends in offering Linux a truce. Can Microsoft and Linux co-exist? Microsoft thinks so.

At least on this level, Microsoft admits that it was wrong to consider Linux' networking ideas as "childish", and concedes that there is bickering going on still today. However, this virtual birthday cake is a nice gesture that surely paints a how-cute-smile on your face. As mean as Microsoft has been, this video is a nice touch.

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    aww , July 21, 2011 9:31 PM
    Years ago Microsoft spent millions upon millions of dollars building a marketing war machine to annihilate a little operating system that was making its rounds over the Internet.

    The end result?

    Linux, without any marketing or advertising resources now dominates the technological biosphere: Mobile phones, robotics, supercomputers, embedded systems, routers, switches, web servers, navigation systems, and a little thing called the Internet.

    No wonder Microsoft now wants to kiss up.
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    jacobdrj , July 21, 2011 5:23 PM
    Just another chapter in a long story of Microsoft psychotic marketing WTFs...

    Jerry and Bill, anyone?
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    huron , July 21, 2011 5:39 PM
    It's amazing to me that Microsoft was that hostile to Linux in the first place.
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    arlandi , July 21, 2011 5:49 PM
    now it would be wonderful if this happens to all the Fanboys/fangirls out there.

    imagine a world where Windows and Linux and Apple and Other OS live together in harmony.

    You may say that I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will live as one
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    illo , July 21, 2011 5:52 PM
    omg a poem! i feel the need to listen and follow without thought.

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    thebigt42 , July 21, 2011 6:30 PM
    Maybe MS will build Windows 9 on top of linux like Apple built OS X on top of BSD!

    HA HA
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    bison88 , July 21, 2011 6:31 PM
    Now if only the PC vs Mac argument would just die.
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    thebigt42 , July 21, 2011 6:31 PM
    Oh crap double post Windows X running on top of Linux
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    compton , July 21, 2011 6:39 PM
    I think it would be kinda cool for MS to develop their own linux distro to use beside future Windows releases. Instead of building MS's version of OS X on BSD, you get the option to run a virtualized linux machine, but intergrated into the os. Really, I'd just like to try Microsoft's version of linux.
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    retrig , July 21, 2011 6:44 PM
    So.... just like every other site reporting this... Where exactly does it say it's from Microsoft?

    "User-submitted video from The Linux Foundation Video Site"
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    DSpider , July 21, 2011 6:44 PM
    The cake is a lie !
    The cake is a lie !
    The cake is a lie !
    The cake is a lie !

    But seriously though, Arch Linux and Windows XP get along just fine on my computer. And Virtualbox is a God-sent for a quick ~5 seconds restore/suspend.

    On Linux you can rename files with *, ?, " characters, don't have to worry about fragmentation and you don't need an antivirus to slow you down. If you try to delete a file while it's in use, you don't get that stupid error that "the file is being used by another person or program" crap. You can even delete a movie while you watch it, and it will run fine until you close the media player ! Having been a Windows user for a very long time, that feature is just awesome in my book. I've used different Linux flavours as THE main OS on my computer for the past 2 years or so, AND COUNTING.

    I suggest you give it a shot. You may just like it. ;) 
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    aftcomet , July 21, 2011 6:47 PM
    arlandinow it would be wonderful if this happens to all the Fanboys/fangirls out there.imagine a world where Windows and Linux and Apple and Other OS live together in harmony.You may say that I'm a dreamerBut I'm not the only oneI hope someday you'll join usAnd the world will live as one


    I sure as hell hope not. Competition is healthy. I want these companies to be even more pissed at each other and cause one another to innovate more and more.
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    sunflier , July 21, 2011 7:05 PM
    aftcometI want these companies to be even more pissed at each other and cause one another to innovate more and more.


    Would prefer Linux and MS work together towards solid platforms that would take away market share from Apple/MACs.
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    retrig , July 21, 2011 7:15 PM
    sunflierWould prefer Linux and MS work together towards solid platforms that would take away market share from Apple/MACs.

    Yes, please take market share away from Media Access Control.
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    delazaren , July 21, 2011 7:24 PM
    Once upon a time there was Xenix, born to MS. Then MS like a modern Cronos killed it. :-(
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    jhansonxi , July 21, 2011 7:36 PM
    This must be from the other Microsoft, the one that's not filing nuisance lawsuits against OEMs using Android and Linux.
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    therogerwilco , July 21, 2011 8:06 PM
    There's a reason people don't use an OS that makes it's source code public... For those of you who don't know what that means, it's like armored cars giving out maps of their routes and time spent at all stops.
    And yes, for those who support it, you can't say that there is no security vulnerabilities, neither can Microsoft. But point being, they don't go pulling their pants down in front of everyone EXPECTING not to get shot in the face.
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    godmode , July 21, 2011 8:13 PM
    aftcometI sure as hell hope not. Competition is healthy. I want these companies to be even more pissed at each other and cause one another to innovate more and more.


    companies pissed at each other will sue eacher rather than innovate just like the apple vs all major android makers thing thats going on.
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    Kamab , July 21, 2011 8:52 PM
    therogerwilcoThere's a reason people don't use an OS that makes it's source code public... For those of you who don't know what that means, it's like armored cars giving out maps of their routes and time spent at all stops.And yes, for those who support it, you can't say that there is no security vulnerabilities, neither can Microsoft. But point being, they don't go pulling their pants down in front of everyone EXPECTING not to get shot in the face.


    The under-informed spreading misinformation. Also, 0/5 stars for your horrible analogy.
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    aww , July 21, 2011 9:18 PM
    therogerwilcoThere's a reason people don't use an OS that makes it's source code public... For those of you who don't know what that means, it's like armored cars giving out maps of their routes and time spent at all stops.And yes, for those who support it, you can't say that there is no security vulnerabilities, neither can Microsoft. But point being, they don't go pulling their pants down in front of everyone EXPECTING not to get shot in the face.


    It's a know fact that Linux has always been, and will continue to be, the safest most reliable operating system ever. Windows will never come close to the security level that Linux has attained.

    The reason is quite simple: The source code can be inspected by the world-wide community that supports it.

    If you want to compare security vulnerabilities between Windows and Linux, Windows is a clear looser with an unprecedented record of breaches.
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    aww , July 21, 2011 9:31 PM
    Years ago Microsoft spent millions upon millions of dollars building a marketing war machine to annihilate a little operating system that was making its rounds over the Internet.

    The end result?

    Linux, without any marketing or advertising resources now dominates the technological biosphere: Mobile phones, robotics, supercomputers, embedded systems, routers, switches, web servers, navigation systems, and a little thing called the Internet.

    No wonder Microsoft now wants to kiss up.
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