Microsoft’s perception of open source has changed drastically in the last few years as the company has adopted more and more open source practices in an effort to keep up with its competitors. Two new developments have occurred as a part of this effort.
The first development is Microsoft joining the Eclipse Foundation as a Solutions Member. The company relies on a number of technologies this foundation produces in an effort to improve their collaboration with other companies involved in this foundation. Microsoft has also announced the release of the open source, Team Explorer Everywhere plugin for Eclipse as a part of this effort.
The second new development is the announcement of Microsoft’s release of SQL Server for Linux. A private preview of SQL Server on Linux has been made available with a full release being expected sometime in mid 2017. It remains to be seen if Linux developers will be interested in using SQL, but more choices certainly doesn’t hurt.