Microsoft chấp nhận bỏ hàng tỉ đô lợi nhuận từ việc thu phí patent, để chứng tỏ họ ủng hộ cộng đồng mã nguồn mở và Linux.
Microsoft’s Erich Andersen also had this to say of the company’s decision to join OIN:
“At Microsoft, we take it as a given that developers do not want a binary choice between Windows vs. Linux, or .NET vs Java – they want cloud platforms to support all technologies. They want to deploy technologies at the edge – on any device – that meet customer needs. We also learned that collaborative development through the open source process can accelerate innovation.”
While it’s difficult to gauge the long term impact this will have, ZDNet published this quote from OIN CEO Keith Bergelt: “This is everything Microsoft has, and it covers everything related to older open-source technologies such as Android, the Linux kernel, and OpenStack; newer technologies such as LF Energy and HyperLedger, and their predecessor and successor versions.”
So it definitely eases the financial burden of Android OEMs and developers, but also affects a huge part of the Linux landscape including software and services built with Linux — and the Linux kernel itself.
One has to wonder how Microsoft shareholders will react to this. As of 2015, the company had already raked in $6bn just from Android patent royalties. Aside from that, it’s a wholly refreshing decision.