Yes, you read that correctly, this is not a joke in bad taste or a preview of April Fool's Day. Microsoft is now a full member of the Linux foundation, something that until very recently seemed impossible, a real contradiction.
However, thanks to the latest behaviors that Microsoft has had in recent years, really this is not as surprising as it seems. Since people like Satya Nadella is in charge of Microsoft, this company has thrown much more for free software, establishing alliances with operating systems such as Ubuntu or even creating your own distribution, Microsoft Azure.
Also, this is not a regular membership, since Microsoft has become part of the select group of platinum members, a group that has as members prestigious companies such as Intel, Huawei, Samsung, IBM and Cisco among others.
With this union, it is confirmed that the war between Microsoft and the Linux foundation has been buried for the moment, showing that free software and Microsoft can coexist in peace and help each other instead of trying to destroy each other.
Undoubtedly great news that has caught many by surprise, but others not so much, since Azure and alliances with Ubuntu they are only a small part of how involved Microsoft is now in the issue of free software. For example, agreements have been made with the large company SUSE, the browser has been integrated Edge on Linux and has also been created SQL Server for Linux among many other news.
I really believe this union benefits everyone, since although many people do not like Windows or anything that has to do with the Redmond company, it is undoubtedly a great company that can offer great financial support to the foundation and therefore make the Linux world go away benefited.