This seems significant. VMware has hired a key Linux kernel contributor, specifically Real Time.
We have seen a substantial reversal of open source commitments by many incumbent vendors eg. Cisco in ODL, HPE Openswitch. VMware might be increasing its commitment.
This company that I am now at, VMware, is taking open source seriously. By hiring myself and others, VMware is not just talking about open source, but wants to actively take part in the community. Actions speak much louder than words. Linux and open source has won and is here to stay. Linux is now a key part of enterprise software and companies like VMware acknowledge this, and they are making an effort to join, and become a productive member of the open source community.
And Then They Join You… – Open Source @VMware – VMware Blogs : https://blogs.vmware.com/opensource/2017/01/26/and-then-they-join-you/