Microsoft joins Linux Foundation, confirms open source commitment
John Gossman from Microsoft Azure will now join the board of directors of the Linux Foundation
Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation. Yesterday at Microsoft Connect, the company’s annual developer event, Microsoft announced that it would join the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member. The Linux Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance professional open source management through extensive collaboration. With this development, John Gossman will join the Linux Foundation’s board of directors from the Microsoft Azure team.
For some time, Microsoft has been a major contributor to open source development. It includes Canonical’s Ubuntu in Windows 10, brings SQL Servers to Linux, and is open source for both .NET Core 1.0 and Xamarin’s software development kit. It has partnered with Red Hat, SUSE and others to support their solutions for Microsoft products. Microsoft has contributed to a number of projects run by the Linux Foundation, such as Node.js, the Open API Initiative, the Open Container Initiative, and OpenDelight.
“As a cloud platform company, we aim to help developers achieve more using the platforms and languages they know. The Linux Foundation is not only Linux, but one of the most innovative open source projects in the community. Partner with the community to help shift to an intelligent cloud and mobile experience, “said Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group.
“Microsoft has grown and matured in its use and contribution to open source technology,” said Jim Gemlin, executive director of development at the Linux Foundation.
Further, “The company has become an ardent supporter of Linux and open source and has become a very active member of many important projects. Membership is an important step for Microsoft, but also for the larger open source community, which can benefit from the company’s wide range of contributions, ”he added.