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20 July 2011, 12:44

Linux receives 20th birthday video from Microsoft

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Microsoft offers birthday cake to Tux

Among the activities surrounding the 20th birthday of Linux, the Linux Foundation has launched an appeal for videos to be submitted for the event. Among the well-wishers that have made submissions is one that would not necessarily be expected: Microsoft has posted an animated video congratulating the free operating system.

The video picks up on the strained relationship between Microsoft and Linux by displaying the phrase "Microsoft Vs. Linux" and then showing Tux, the Linux mascot, turning his back on the offer of a birthday cake from Microsoft. After a brief outline of the history between Microsoft and Linux, the video ends with a conciliatory gesture: Tux accepts the birthday cake in his igloo and the video ends with "Happy Birthday" and the editing of the initial phrase to "Microsoft and Linux?".

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