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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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:

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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jessesmith Member since:

Please don't take offense to this, but I suspect you either don't know what distributing means or perhaps what a cloud service is. Microsoft will be running a Linux distribution on their server and keeping it on their server and giving you access to it. You are not receiving anything, not getting a copy of anything, just using their equipment. Since the customer does not receive a copy of anything there is no distribution and thus copyright does not apply. This is completely different in every way from going to a store and buying a boxed copy of software and taking it home, or downloading an ISO. In the latter case you have a copy, you can do whatever you want with it.

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