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Yep, Microsoft isn’t going to ‘Sit-on-their-Hands’ and basically live on their past achievements – i.e. in typical fashion Microsoft is looking to the future, and looking for hardworking partners (e.g. Ubuntu).
What keeps popping up in this incorporating of Microsoft and the Linux Kernel, is what a lot of us had missed, i.e. the importance of a ‘Desktop’ OS to developers. Heck, many of us had assumed that the ‘Desktop’ was in trouble, and that Microsoft was moving to a “desktop-as-a-service” (DaaS) – which may still happen; however, Ubuntu and the Linux Kernel are heavily involved with Microsoft in this move, so a full-pay for ‘Desktop’ usage and/or ownership isn’t going to be an option, IMHO. Remember that Ubuntu has recently increased their Long Term Support (LTS) for their Desktop from 5 years to 10 years, and that developers were a main reason for that change.
Essentially, Microsoft stands to gain the appreciation and trust of the developer community by building its own Linux kernel version to run its WSL2 processes … snip … “Outside of strictly Windows development, writing cloud apps (mobile, Web, etc.) on a PC has been a miserable experience and has led developers to dual boot a Linux distro aside the Windows OS anyway. Microsoft is acknowledging and offering a solution” … snip … “I think [Microsoft] is happy with Windows for consumers but needed to do something for developers” … snip … The shift toward building and maintaining a “for Windows” Linux kernel reflects CEO Satya Nadella’s commitment to open source development. This is no longer the Microsoft of Ballmer and Gates, where everything is kept behind a proprietary fence …snip
Clearly, CEO Satya Nadella has been moving Microsoft towards this move for some time now, and Ubuntu’s Mark Shuttleworth has apparently been working ‘Hand-in-Hand’ with him. We’re only starting to see some of the potential in this move – like the tip of the iceberg…so to speak.