Microsoft's former archenemy Linux is defending the $7.5 billion GitHub acquisition: 'We have all grown up' (MSFT)Microsoft’s plan to purchase GitHub for $7.5 billion doesn’t sit well with a lot of programmers, who are uncomfortable with the tech titan owning a startup that powers a lot of the open source software world. But Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation — which was once at odds with Microsoft — says that the deal could be a good thing for everybody. Microsoft has gone on a charm offensive over the deal, with future GitHub CEO Nat Friedman going on Reddit to reassure users that he’s committed to winning over the cynics.


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