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

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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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

If I had to guess, I would say they would at the very least have to modify some kernel source files to roll in support for Azure-specific features, but as I said I'm not that familiar with Azure so I may be talking out of my ass.

Regardless, based on the link provided by vaette it looks like they are cooperating with the GPL and that makes me happy.

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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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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

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 version...how 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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