Microsoft confirmed that it had enticed Coekaerts to leave Oracle for Microsoft. Mike Neil, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of the Enterprise Cloud, told me, "Wim Coekaerts has joined Microsoft as Corp VP of Open Source in our Enterprise Cloud Group. As we continue to deepen our commitment to open source, Wim will focus on deepening our engagement, contributions and innovation to the open-source community."
Since Coekaerts is best known for transforming Oracle into a Linux-dominated company, one can only imagine what plans he and Microsoft have together. MS-Linux, at least as a cloud-specific distribution, no longer seems like such a pipe dream.
Interesting times lie ahead for both Microsoft and Linux.