Microsoft has released a Debian Linux switch OS. Repeat, a Debian Linux switch operating system • The Register

Microsoft has today released the source code to an open-source operating system, based on Debian GNU/Linux, that runs on network switches. The software is dubbed SONiC, aka Software for Open Networking in the Cloud. It’s a toolkit of code and kernel patches to bend switch hardware to your will.

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Bill Gates Pleased with Microsoft’s Increased Focus on Linux

    There was a time when Microsoft and Linux users just couldn’t get along and undoubtedly, there still are users on both sides that can’t stand each other. But at the same time, Microsoft is increasingly focusing on the Linux world, and the latest announcement that SQL Server would arrive on Linux is living proof.

    Bill Gates, the man who founded the software empire and who’s now just a technical adviser to CEO Satya Nadella, so he’s more or less involved in the making of every important decision for the company, said during an AMA discussion on Reddit that Microsoft is trying to adapt to the changing market and focusing more on Linux is the right thing to do.

    “I think it shows Satya looking at how the market is changing and being willing to change how things have been done. His embrace of the cloud and mobile including doing software on other people’s mobile platforms are also great examples of that,” he said.

    Microsoft announced yesterday plans to bring SQL Server relational database management system (RDBMS) to Linux kernel-based operating systems, with the first rollout to take place in 2017.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft Says It’s in Love With Linux. Now It’s Finally Proving It

    It’s official: Microsoft code isn’t just for Windows anymore.

    Today, the company released .NET Core 1.0, a version of its popular software development platform that will run not just on its own Windows operating systems, but on the Linux and Mac OS X operating systems as well. What’s more, .NET Core is open source, meaning that any developer can not only use it for free to build their own applications, but also modify and improve the platform to suit their needs and the needs of others.

    All this highlights an enormous change not only in Microsoft, but in the software industry as a whole. Over the last decade, the world’s tech businesses, from Google and Facebook and Twitter on down, have increasingly used Linux and other open source software to build their online services and other technologies, and as a result, IT vendors—the companies that help businesses build their online services—have moved closer and closer to the open source way. This includes Microsoft, one of the largest IT vendors. In order to compete, Microsoft must ensure not only that .NET is open source, but that other important Microsoft IT tools run on all operating systems, including, most notably, Linux

    As Microsoft put the finishing touches on .NET, it also released a preview version of its SQL Server database software that runs on Linux.

    Traditionally, Microsoft only supported running software on its own operating systems, perhaps out of fear of cannibalizing the sales of Windows licenses. But the world has changed, and Microsoft is changing with it.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
    Microsoft joins The Linux Foundation as a Platinum member; John Gossman, architect on the Microsoft Azure team, will sit on the foundation’s Board of Directors — At its Connect(); 2016 developer event in New York City today, Microsoft announced it is joining The Linux Foundation.

    Microsoft joins The Linux Foundation as a Platinum member

    At its Connect(); 2016 developer event in New York City today, Microsoft announced it is joining The Linux Foundation. And the company isn’t joining just to say it did: Microsoft is joining at the Platinum level, the highest level of membership, which costs $500,000 annually. John Gossman, architect on the Microsoft Azure team, will sit on the foundation’s Board of Directors and help underwrite projects.

    The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit technology group that advances open technology development and commercial adoption, and not just for Linux. It provides tools, training, and events to scale any open-source project. Microsoft already contributes to several of its projects, including Node.js Foundation, OpenDaylight, Open Container Initiative, R Consortium, and Open API Initiative.

    Microsoft is pitching the move as its latest effort to work more closely with the open-source community, which it believes will benefit its customers through increased collaboration and innovation. And The Linux Foundation agrees.

    “Microsoft has grown and matured in its use of and contributions to open-source technology,” The Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin said in a statement. “The company has become an enthusiastic supporter of Linux and of open-source and a very active member of many important projects. Membership is an important step for Microsoft, but also for the open-source community at large, which stands to benefit from the company’s expanding range of contributions.”

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Say hi to Microsoft’s own Linux: CBL-Mariner

    Microsoft has its own Linux distribution and, yes, you can download, install and run it. In fact, you may want to do just that.

    Ok, so it’s not named MS-Linux or Lindows, but Microsoft now has its very own, honest-to-goodness general-purpose Linux distribution: Common Base Linux, (CBL)-Mariner. And, just like any Linux distro, you can download it and run it yourself. Amazing isn’t it? Why the next thing you know Microsoft will let you run Windows applications on Linux! Oh, wait it has!


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