"The question in the title of this post was raised by
myself recently, after I decided to accept a paid Microsoft ad on
one of my Linux websites: http://jakilinux.org and (obviously) I
was called a traitor.
"For years the free and open source software people would say
that the number one enemy, the devil on earth, the only factor
blocking us from flooding the mass market with gnomes, mice and
strange k-prefixed creatures is the company from Redmond.
"It got funny nicknames, like The Vole (invented by The
Inquirer), it was riduculed over their buggy systems and offensive
'Get the facts' campaigns that aimed at discrediting Linux and open
source software in general. However, we've been noticing a change
in approach for the last couple of years. Microsoft started to work
with standarization bodies like ISO and W3C..."