Now it has thus taken place. Linux, Microsoft has been presented, even if there is the name used. It should be possible to run applications designed for Ubuntu Linux directly in Windows without recompilation. In addition, several symbolic tools from the Linux world to become available on Windows, the command prompt Bash.
I do not know if you understand how revolutionary this is. It’s like vectors in Java would begin indexed on one.
Still, not all details known about how it will work with Linux applications on Windows, for example, if indeed any program that works on Ubuntu Linux will to run, but there are still so many interesting aspects of this launch.
to begin with, it can be said that Microsoft and Canonical, the Ubuntu company, must have worked intensively on this project for quite a while, securely over a year. It is really incredible that no more information has leaked out.
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Since you may wonder how much cred Ubuntu in general, and Canonical, in particular, will have left in the purist Linux, open source and free software circles after this. Not much, I think. Talk about selling his soul. Faust and Robert Johnson is, to put it mildly, out of the wind.
I guess Richard Stallman is in her bed and foam at the mouth right now. Or he is in good spirits because the doomsday prophecies that he uppmålat at conferences around the world is about to come true.
If we are to become a little more business-related, we can think about what Microsoft’s Linux Focus will really mean in practice for customers and users.
Will all Windows servers in the world to begin to run Linux programs now? No, of course not. But just knowing that there is a possibility it will eliminate a lot of doubts about investing in Microsoft technology. In addition, it will be easier to recruit IT professionals and system administrators who can bring their skills across platforms.
As for Bash should command line luster not be underestimated. Many are the painstaking ihopknopade scripts as the basis for a large part of the world’s IT solutions, will now be available for Windows. Although not all are suitable to run in the Windows environment so it is a big deal. Add to it that the supply of software for Windows becomes larger, which in some cases may be very important.
We can also reflect on the real reasons that Microsoft is investing in Linux. I really believe that there are a large number of Microsoft employees who have genuinely noble reasons to do this. With that said, you need not be particularly conspiratorial combined to find more sinister motivations for Microsoft.
Conspiracy theory number one is that it is a Microsoft plan to lure and lock, Linux users with technology that fundamentally is proprietary. It can definitely be a result of investing in Linux à la Microsoft, but it is difficult to say how much weight, if any, Microsoft adds that possibility.
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Conspiracy theory number two is that it is a sign that mentally Microsoft has released its focus on Windows, once and for all. Windows is now so unimportant to Microsoft that you do not care about that sullied with something that not long ago was seen as a cancer.
A more balanced theory is that Linux on Windows shows that Microsoft’s focus now located in the cloud, not on traditional architectures. And then it is obvious that minor differences between platforms easier for everyone, both customers and suppliers.
Boring theory is that IT developments have left the phase in which the operating system sets the agenda. They simply relegated to a level that you do not care very much about.
Anyway, it’s fun to be a cyber-journalist right now. The question is how much fun it is to be it customer, at a time when the options are increasing day by day.
Another question is what is the next step for Microsoft. I hardly dare guess. Android as the default OS on the Surface?