In 2001 Microsoft’s then CEO Steve Ballmer described Linux, and by extension open source in general, as “a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches.” Fast forward to 2020, and Microsoft’s current president Brad Smith has admitted the company was wrong.

He said as much during an MIT presentation earlier this week (via The Register). “Microsoft was on the wrong side of history when open source exploded at the beginning of the century and I can say that about me personally,” Smith said. “The good news is that, if life is long enough, you can learn… that you need to change.”

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