Yes, that’s Linus Torvalds happily chatting with Microsoft folks at a tech conference – Business Insider
Perhaps the biggest change at Microsoft under Satya Nadella, its
gentler, more collaborative CEO, is the focus on cloud computing
instead of Windows.
Simply put, if Microsoft’s customers choose Microsoft’s
cloud, then it doesn’t matter what software they run on it — even
if that software is an operating system that competes with
Windows, like Linux.
Years ago, under former CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft tried to
squash Linux, saying that it violated Microsoft’s patents and
threatening to sue Linux vendors as well as Linux users.
The remnants of that battle
still exist today. Microsoft has wrangled patent-license
agreements from nearly every device maker that chose the free and
open-source Linux, or its derivative, Android.
Even so, under Nadella, Microsoft has slowly supported more
Linux technologies. That’s because it would rather its customers
use Microsoft’s cloud and Linux than choose another cloud — like
Amazon — for its Linux apps.
The change to support Linux at Microsoft has been long and slow.
Microsoft has partnered with top Linux software makers,
contributed directly to the development of Linux, even added
support for a favorite Linux development tool, Bash, to Windows
earlier this week, at the LinuxCon tech conference in
Vancouver, Microsoft said that it would be moving its PowerShell
tool to Linux, too. PowerShell is a scripting language that lets
IT professionals automate a lot of tasks in their Windows
environments. Microsoft is now working on a version that lets
them use PowerShell to run their Linux servers, too.
While Nadella has long insisted that “Microsoft loves Linux” with
this newest round of announcements, Microsoft has apparently
earned the interest of Linus Torvalds in return.
Torvalds created Linux and is still its primary keeper. He’s also
one of the most revered software developers in the world and a
guy who doesn’t coddle or pull punches.
He is commonly
quoted as saying, “If Microsoft ever does applications
for Linux it means I’ve won.”
Here he is below hanging out, smiling, chatting, and posing for
photo ops with the Microsoft team at their booth at LinuxCon.
It certainly looks like he’s won: