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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Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

They're hosting the fucking infrastructure, providing up time guarantees, keeping the machines patched and up to date, and allowing you to scale out as needed.


I'm curious how much, if any, money they gave to the companies behind the GNU/Linux distributions they offer. I understand that GPL licensed software can be -- and often is -- sold or otherwise used to generate income, despite the fact that it is a free/Free commodity. I just wonder if Microsoft is maximizing their profits by leeching off of other tech giants. It certainly wouldn't be the first time.

I also wonder if they are following the Almighty and Holy GPL to the letter. It would be a shame if they were leveraging Free software by violating its license agreement, while strongly enforcing their own EULAs as usual.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I'm curious how much, if any, money they gave to the companies behind the GNU/Linux distributions they offer.


I'm guessing there's a reason RHEL is not included.

I also wonder if they are following the Almighty and Holy GPL to the letter.


Unless they make any changes to the distros they are.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Unless they make any changes to the distros they are.


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.

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vaette Member since:
2008-08-09

One datapoint suggesting that they are playing ball: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2166123/microsoft-contribu...

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

It's interesting to see that they are contributing more than Canonical. Thank you for posting that!

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Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

One datapoint suggesting that they are playing ball:

Playing ball? It wasn't as if they chose to open source the Hyper-V Linux code as they were forced to submit it because it was discovered that they'd been shipping closed source binaries with a Hyper-V Linux network driver which used statically linked GPL-licenced code.

And the only reason they created the Linux specific virtualization drivers to begin with is because their Hyper-V customers wanted to be able to run Linux efficiently.

Please don't try to paint this as a 'Microsoft did the right thing out of their own accord' thing.

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MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

You have zero evidence for either of your accusations. What is this, Fox News?

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

They aren't accusations, they are speculation based on prior experience. Others pointed out long ago in this thread that Microsoft is indeed playing by the rules regarding the second matter, and that makes me happy.

As for the other issue, I'd simply like to know. It won't affect me either way as I don't plan on using an Azure instance, I'm just curious.

Cool your jets lady, I'm not raising a Grand Inquisition against your pet company. The last I checked, we were allowed to discuss matters from several different viewpoints here; who made you dictator?

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