Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jun 2012 01:59 UTC
Microsoft Infoworld: "After years of battling Linux as a competitive threat, Microsoft is now offering Linux-based operating systems on its Windows Azure cloud service. The Linux services will go live on Azure at 4 a.m. EDT on Thursday. At that time, the Azure portal will offer a number of Linux distributions, including Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2, OpenSuse 12.01, CentOS 6.2 and Canonical Ubuntu 12.04. Azure users will be able to choose and deploy a Linux distribution from the Microsoft Windows Azure Image Gallery and be charged on an hourly pay-as-you-go basis." SmartGlass on iOS and Android, Office supposedly coming to iOS and Android, Linux on Azure... It's almost as if Microsoft finally got the memo that 'Windows everywhere' can't be a reality any longer.
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That's kind of what I'm wondering, would they have to make any changes to the distros to integrate them into the Azure system? I don't know that much about Azure so I have no idea. In the past Microsoft has shied away from Free software in part because of the restrictions of the GPL.

As much as I dislike the GPL itself, I understand its necessity and I hope Microsoft abides by it if they do have to alter the software.

I very much doubt that they have to alter the software. They probably just have to change some configuration files.

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