2001: Linux is cancer, says Microsoft. 2019: Hey friends, ah, can we join the official linux-distros mailing list, plz?

“What were seeing here is that Microsoft wants access to early security alerts on Linux,” said open-source pioneer Bruce Perens, in a phone call with The Register on Thursday. “That’s why specifically they’re asking to be on this list. They’re joining it as a Linux distributor because that’s how it’s structured. Microsoft obviously has a lot of Linux plays, and it’s their responsibility to fix known security bugs as quickly as other Linux distributors.”

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