Microsoft's SQL database software program now runs on Linux
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Keep in mind when Steve Ballmer likened Linux to most cancers, and the notion of Microsoft courting the open supply crowd was nearly unimaginable? The corporate has come a lengthy, great distance since then. Microsoft has unveiled a model of SQL Server, a flagship database program, for Linux. That is proper — you will get a serious Microsoft knowledge middle app with out having to the touch Home windows. The corporate is even working with the creators of key Linux distributions (comparable to Pink Hat and Ubuntu maker Canonical) to get this system operating easily. SQL Server for Linux will not formally ship till mid-2017, however there’s already a preview for companies that need a peek.
In case you’ve been following alongside in recent times, the discharge is not that a lot of a shock. Microsoft has been rather more prepared to help competing working methods beneath CEO Satya Nadella, who was fast to acknowledge that Home windows was not the middle of the computing universe. Its Azure cloud service is explicitly Linux-pleasant, for instance, and lots of of Microsoft’s cellular apps arrive on Android (itself Linux-based mostly) and iOS earlier than they attain Home windows telephones.
As the chief tells the New York Occasions, that is all about “market enlargement.” Microsoft would quite nook the server software program area, which has been shifting towards Linux, than insist on a Home windows-solely coverage out of cussed delight. It is robust to know if the Linux server crowd will heat as much as its longtime arch-rival, however these extra open-minded companies at the moment are free to combine Microsoft with out making a wholesale change.