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Date:      Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:44:07 +0000
From:      Matthew Seaman <matthew@FreeBSD.org>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Microsoft announced it is joining The Linux Foundation?
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From: Matthew Seaman <matthew@FreeBSD.org>
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Subject: Re: Microsoft announced it is joining The Linux Foundation?
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On 2016/11/18 10:32, Polytropon wrote:
> On Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:35:36 -0300, SOUL_OF_ROOT 55 wrote:
>> Can this be?  Microsoft announced it is joining The Linux Foundation?
>=20
> They are prividing a certain sum of money, and that amount
> makes them a platinum member, not more, not less. Basically
> anoyone who donates $500,000 annually can be a platinum member
> of The Linux Foundation. In case of MICROS~1, this is probably
> an attempt to re-gain "developers' share", a facet of "the
> new MICROS~1" thathopes people forget security nightmares,
> forced updates, patent extortion and vendor lock-in... but
> who really knows what happens inside MICROS~1... ;-)

Actually, Microsoft's motivation here is Microsoft Azure -- they've
spend a huge amount of money on datacentres and servers and all the
other infrastructure required for setting up a global cloud presence,
and now they are very keen to encourage lots of people to use it (and
pay them money for the privilege, of course.)

Since their principle target market is the Enterprise, and they aim to
be able to migrate just about any Enterprise computing system from
dedicated hardware to their cloud, that means they need to support just
about all of the different OSes that a variety of different Enterprise
setups could be using.  So they now support a lot of OpenSource OSes.
Which includes both FreeBSD 10.x and pfsense by the way -- as well as
all the usual Linux suspects.

Oh, and when I say 'support' that means that you can phone up Microsoft
about your FreeBSD or pfsense related problems on your Azure VMs, and
Microsoft are contractually obliged to help you out.  They did a
presentation about all this at the last BSDCan.  Plus there are two
FreeBSD src committers who work for Microsoft, and who are doing a lot
of work making sure the Hyper-V drivers etc. are all working and
performant.  There have been reports of a FreeBSD VM on azure achieving
37 Gb/s on 40 Gb/s hardware for instance.

Microsoft in its aspect as the global cloud computing company is really
quite different from Microsoft in its aspect as the PC desktop operating
system company.

	Cheers,

	Matthew



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