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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Since their service is a cloud based on (ie the distros run on their computers) the GPL does not apply.

Fair enough, but I would argue that Microsoft is still distributing the software, even if you are using it in an instanced mode. You still buy a license from Microsoft, you still use their altered is that any different from the software shipping on a device or boxed in a retail store?

Regardless, as has been pointed out elsewhere Microsoft does seem to be playing by the rules.

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