Originally Posted by dagget3450
I know... i know let me put on my tin foil hat....
There is something nefarious here... They have a reason to do this and it won't be fore the good of us consumers....
I suspect possibly something more akin to more telemetry and invasion but now with linux. I'll wait a while and see what news comes out of this. *taps fingers on desk*
The most obvious reason for this is the same as Google - why code a kernel when you could just snag an open source one and bolt a proprietary layer on top(ie, Android)? I used to think that Linux would free us from big tech like MS and then I realized that open source is available to them, too, if they are willing. Ballmer would never have allowed this, but he's not in charge any more. The guy currently in charge has changed the MS strategy, it's no longer EMBRACE, EXTEND, EXTINGUISH. It's now EMBRACE, EXTEND, ENTRAP, EXPLOIT.
For the time being we still have some freedom with Linux and Purism is poised to provide the first truly freedom/privacy respecting smart phone platform with the Librem 5, and now freedom/privacy respecting services with Librem.one, but like the phone I expect all of it to remain a niche. With Proton + DXVK getting better and better seemingly every other week, GIMP/Blender/Kdenlive/etc all becoming good enough to wean people off the Windows counterparts, Linux is on the way to eating Microsoft marketshare and I fully expect that it will surpass Apple within a decade..... and so does Microsoft which is why they are doing this.