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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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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Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

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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jessesmith Member since:
2010-03-11

The GPL is a copyright license. It doesn't matter if they make changes to the distributions. As long as Microsoft doesn't redistribute their changes they are under no obligation to provide their source code changes. Since their service is a cloud based on (ie the distros run on their computers) the GPL does not apply.

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