El Microsoft's famous "love" for Linux is not such. It just suits them now to be like this for their own interests. And seeing it as an approach is a total mistake. The Linux Foundation draws on these contributions from its new "contributor," and Microsoft is drawing on this as well. I think both parties are very clear about who they are and must keep their feet on the ground so as not to lead to mistakes.
Now, at LxA, we announce the contribution of exFAT that Microsoft had done. It used to make a profit from the patents on this FS, but now it has released it so that it can be used in the Linux kernel. But we must remember the words of James Plamondon, Microsoft evangelist: «Every line of code that is written to our standards is a small victory; every line of code written in any other standard is a small defeat.«.
Having said that, Who is most interested in this movement? Have you stopped to think this? Does this favor Linux and the community more? Or is it better for Microsoft? The truth is that Linux could already handle this type of file system with drivers, just as it can with NTFS although it is not typical of Linux. However, Microsoft benefits as long as Linux will now be able to link more closely with Microsoft.
Por eso it hasn't been great news for the Linux world, beyond what it means for Microsoft's legal department and patent collection. But it is a step towards another way to continue injecting Microsoft code into the kernel and to continue strengthening its standard so that the replacement for exFAT that Samsung has is not a problem for them. This is what one of LWN's Linux experts thinks: «It's pretty revealing when you consider who promoted the whole thing, causing a bombshell on Google. And that? Linux already has replacements that are just as good. Technically speaking, Samsung already has a replacement. Maybe that's what Microsoft fears. Microsoft always strives to be the standard. "
Microsoft has profited for years from its patents and used such patents as a weapon against open source and to profit from them. Paradoxical considering that they were against it, but money is money ... And although Microsoft today is somewhat different from Microsoft before, they are still a company in search of financial gain.