Linux Receives 20th Birthday Video from Microsoft

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
    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
    Just another chapter in a long story of Microsoft psychotic marketing WTFs...

    Jerry and Bill, anyone?
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  • huron
    It's amazing to me that Microsoft was that hostile to Linux in the first place.
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  • arlandi
    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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