There’s been a strange love / hate relationship between Microsoft and Linux over the years. At this point in time the awkward couple is in a complete honeymoon stage, but will it last. Microsoft, seemingly trying to get back to its roots as a software company, has made some huge strides over the past year open sourcing much of it’s development platform starting with .NET. Next they added the BASH terminal to Windows in an attempt to entice some of the web developers out there to move to Windows, or back to Windows.
I have no doubt that none of the steps Microsoft is taking are simply out of the goodness of their hearts. I know it seems cynical, but I think I’ll wait out the honeymoon, and see how the rest of the budding relationship between Microsoft and the Open Source community turns out.