Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO and he who had a penchant for screaming during keynotes, once stated that “Linux is a cancer.”

Anyone who was around back when Ballmer made that declaration would be pretty surprised by just how far Microsoft has come in its support and acceptance of open source projects as a valid part of the technology industry. From open sourcing many of its own technologies (.NET and Windows Live Writer being but two examples) to jumping in to be a part of newer open source initiatives, Microsoft is an important player in the open source world.

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