Microsoft seems to have reconciled with Linux, they have used the system for some of their products, they have integrated it into the cloud, they have contributed to the Linux Foundation, we have seen programs that have been ported to the penguin platform, etc., but from behind they continue with their tricks against it. free and Linux software. So it is not love as it seems, but rather it could be called interest ...
Proof of this is that still they keep charging for patents that affect the GNU / Linux world and systems like Android. We already commented that Microsoft came to earn more for the patents it collected from Android devices than for its Windows Mobile operating system, which has been a total and absolute failure. But the truth is that they are not the only patents from which they are profiting.
Mark Shuttleworth, the Canonical, has had very harsh words with Microsoft such as «That's extortion and it should be called what it is»Or others like«Microsoft is asking people to pay for patents, but I'm not going to say which ones. If a guy walks into a store and says, 'It's a rough neighborhood, why don't you pay me $ 20 and I'll make sure you're okay,' that's illegal. It's organized crime«. With those harsh words Mark accuses Microsoft.
Microsoft is creating a climate of aggressiveness and aggressive collection with patents, something that has little to do with freedom and free competition. Many say it is blackmail and directly affect GNU, Linux, Chrome, Android and others free software ... So love is clouded by these unethical and moral actions that only have one end, the same as always: MONEY.
CONCLUSION: Microsoft loves the Linux patent tax.