Microsoft announced it is joining The Linux Foundation?

Steve O'Hara-Smith steve at
Fri Nov 18 14:26:03 UTC 2016

On Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:02:10 +0100
Ralf Mardorf via freebsd-questions <freebsd-questions at> wrote:

> On Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:07:40 +0000, Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
> >On Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:44:07 +0000 Matthew Seaman wrote:
> >
> >> Microsoft in its aspect as the global cloud computing company is
> >> really quite different from Microsoft in its aspect as the PC
> >> desktop operating system company.  
> >
> >	Yes instead of trying to ensure that every computer you can buy
> >runs Windows, that every corporate email system runs on Exchange etc.
> >and everybody has to pay to stay up to date, they want to ensure that
> >as much of your data as possible lives on their servers so you have to
> >keep paying to get at it with rented applications. It's still a
> >lock-in strategy.
> I'm still less an advocate for Windows or clouds, than already not an
> advocate for systemd. However, why should a company provide something
> for free as in beer to other companies, who will use the service to
> make money? You dislike Microsoft? So do I. I dislike this company for
> several reasons, but I wouldn't blame them for a valid business model.

	I'm not blaming them, simply observing what they're doing and that
they haven't changed all that much. I won't be buying because I'd rather own
the hardware that holds my data but that's my personal preference.

Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at>

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