An operating system only matters because it is a platform for applications. Apps make money for businesses and productivity for individuals — i.e. they deliver the real value of computing.
Answer by Mathew Lodge, Board member of CNCF, a Linux Foundation project, on Quora:
Microsoft has decided that the operating system is no longer an important battleground, and that it’s more important to gain market share in cloud (Azure and Office 365) than it is to put energy into battling Linux for application market share. <more>
The lines between open source and proprietary software are blurring. Increasingly organizations are building even in-house technologies with open source methods. This includes Microsoft.
From participating in Node.js, the Core Infrastructure Initiative and other Collaborative Projects at Linux Foundation to its recent partnerships with Red Hat and SUSE, Microsoft is demonstrating a sincere, smart and practical approach to how it builds new technologies and supports its vast customer base
Source: Linux.com | The source for Linux information
TORONTO—Five years ago, on the 20th anniversary of Linux, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst delivered a keynote address at LinuxCon. Today, he returned to the LinuxCon stage here to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Linux, bringing a message not all that different from the one he shared in 2011.
“Investment banks don’t typically care about freedom; they don’t really even care that much about cost. They care about hav[ing] the best features and functionality”
Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, explains at LinuxCon how the open-source management style works. full story on eweek – By Sean Michael Kerner
The beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3, the latest version of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform is available today. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 Beta continues Red Hat’s drive to provide enterprises with a more secure, stable platform for innovation, whether it’s Internet-of-Things (IoT) deployments or Linux container-based applications. The beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 includes enhancements and new features around performance, platform security, reliability and new types of enterprise technology deployments, including Linux container-based applications and IoT.
Visit the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Team blog for details
Today’s customers live in a multi-platform, multi-cloud, multi-OS world – that’s just reality. This world brings new challenges and customers need tools to make everything work together.
Microsoft announced today that PowerShell is open sourced and available on Linux. (For those of you who need a refresher, PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language built on the .NET Framework to help IT professionals control and automate the administration of the Windows, and now Linux, operating systems and the applications that run on them.)
Source: PowerShell is open sourced and is available on Linux | Blog | Microsoft Azure
“We’re the first Linux provider to have a fully supported version of .NET”
.NET is just one of the ways in which Red Hat and Microsoft are coming together for mutually beneficial developments.
Another point of cooperation was the creation of a flexible language server protocol so that languages being used for app development can be plugged into Red Hat and Microsoft’s tools interchangeably. The aim here was not to make the tools themselves interchangeable: “It’s not about making it be consistent; it’s about having that choice. … The idea here is that you get to choose your tool that works the way you want.”
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Microsoft’s Azure cloud continues to grow more Linux-friendly by the day, it seems. This week, the company announced that more than 60 percent of Azure images are Linux based — and it added additional open source options for Azure users.
The major new open source offering on Azure is the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) images in the Azure marketplace. That adds one more major enterprise-oriented Linux-based OS to the Microsoft cloud.
It also reflects a push by Microsoft to attract more Red Hat customers. “With this release, we are delivering on the joint partnership announcement we made in November,” Microsoft said. “Since we announced our partnership in November, we’ve seen strong interest and momentum from our customers looking to bring their Red Hat investments to Azure.”
The RHEL images expand upon the collaboration that Microsoft and Red Hat began last November, when they announced support for other Red Hat products on Azure.
Microsoft signed a deal with The Linux Foundation today to create the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Linux on Azure certification.
More than 25% of Microsoft’s Azure customers are running Linux. And the company recently signed deal with ‘arch rival’ Red Hat to bring RHEL to Azure, signaling a major shift in the industry. For Microsoft, this certification is another step towards embracing Linux on Azure.
The two organizations come together to bring the open source community closer to the Azure cloud.
Source: Linux Foundation and Microsoft offer new Azure certification program | ITworld
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