Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Ballmer joins Linux Foundation board

Filed under
Linux

In what many long-time observers of free and open source software consider a natural progression, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer is to join the board of the Linux Foundation.

A statement issued by Carl F. Rowe III, a spokesman for the Foundation, said it was pleased to report that Ballmer had accepted an invitation to join the board. "Considering that none of our members have anything to do with the community anymore, we thought we should have people like him, forward-looking souls who oversee the development of mediocre software and massive marketshare, on our board," Rowe told a media conference held in Washington DC this morning.

The Foundation was formed recently by a merger between the Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group.

Rowe said: "To all naysayers, greenies and tree-huggers, I say, everything goes through three phases: first you do it for fun, then you do it for a few friends, and finally you end up doing it for money. Linux has now reached the final stage and we need people like Ballmer on board."

Full Story.

Chairman of the Board

I'm not sure they should give him a chair.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Voyager 9 Linux Distro Enters Development, Now Based on Debian 9 "Stretch"

The developers of the Voyager Linux OS announced the availability of the first Beta build of the upcoming Voyager 9 release, which will be based on the soon-to-be-announced Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system. Read more

Black Lab Linux Gets First Weekly ISOs, Adds Linux Kernel 4.8 from Ubuntu 16.10

Earlier this week, we told you that Black Lab Software, the developers of the Ubuntu-based Black Lab Linux distribution, published the roadmap of the next Black Lab Linux releases. Read more

Games for GNU/Linux

Linux 4.9.13

I'm announcing the release of the 4.9.13 kernel. All users of the 4.9 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.9.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.9.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st... Read more Also: Linux 4.4.52 Linux 4.10.1