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Is Microsoft Linux's New BFF?

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Those of us who have been around the block a few times here in the Linux blogosphere have seen it many times before: With one hand, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) holds out a small olive branch to the Linux community, while with the other it prepares a new patent attack, posts a "cautionary" FUD-filled video, or perpetrates some other kind of anti-FOSS mischief.

That's why it felt like deja vu all over again last week, when we learned not only that Microsoft is apparently one of the top contributors to the Linux kernel, but also that it had sent an early birthday present to Linux in the form of an apparently lighthearted video.

'Microsoft and Linux?'

Featuring cartoon versions of Bill Gates and Tux, the video begins by recounting the "rocky start" the two experienced, including the famous Halloween Documents exchanged among Microsoft executives about Linux and the "bickering" that continues today.

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