When you see the Mariner-1.0-x86_64.iso weighing in @ just *720MB* (my download shows 687 MB) then you know there is absolutely *NO BLOAT* in this Linux Distro! New ISO makes it quick ‘n easy to install.

Microsoft ‘TidBits

Gates and Allen established Microsoft on April 4, 1975n it has kept improving every year for almost 47 years. Over 1.4 billion Win10/Win11 users back in January of this year. Microsoft entered the operating system (OS) business in 1980 with its own version of Unix called Xenix, but it was MS-DOS that solidified the company’s dominance. Yes, Microsoft was into its own version of Unix 11 years before Linus Torvalds came up wid his Unix-like operating system…Linux, which was based on the Linux kernel. People shouldn’t be surprised when they find out Microsoft has had its own Linux Distro since September 2020.

One of the biggest improvements of Microsoft happened on 4 February, 2014 when it was announced that Satya Nadella was the new CEO of Microsoft (their 3rd CEO). That same year, Satya Nadella announced – ‘Microsoft LOVES Linux‘:

In 2016, under the leadership of CEO Nadella, Microsoft joined The Linux Foundation as a Platinum member, the highest level of membership. Microsoft is joining 10 existing Platinum members: Cisco, Fujitsu, HP Enterprise, Huawei, IBM, Intel, NEC, Oracle, Qualcomm and Samsung.

Here’s what Microsoft had to say recently – CBL-Mariner/README.md:

Like Satya Nadella said – ‘Microsoft LOVES Linux‘.

CBL-Mariner Installation

How fast ‘n easy is your favorite Linux Distro to install?

  • Is it as easy as this?

  • Is it as fast as this?

Before you Linux Trolls start slobbering ‘n sputtering all over ‘Da Blogosphere wid you lies ‘n such, just remember that Microsoft’s CBL-Mariner Linux provides actual evidence of how long the installation took. 😁

Conclusion

Microsoft freshens up its in-house container Linux, CBL-Mariner:

  • One change from last year is that there is an ISO file available now, so you can install it yourself with much less fuss.
  • Slightly oddly, it’s not one of the supported options in Windows Services for Linux, but you can enable Hyper-V and install it in that.
  • CBL-Mariner doesn’t come with a graphical desktop and isn’t really intended as a general-purpose distro.

That last Bullet Point was just for the Linux Trolls! 😉

Too advanced for humble me, i.e. it’s suited for the serious ‘Technical people‘ like Developers, Programmers, IT Specialists, Maintainers, etc.

Definitely a ‘Password Dependent‘ Enterprise Cloud focused Distro.

Normally I can just enter 123 for my Linux passwords ‘n click “Install,” but this ‘Thang wanted at least two each of ‘lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers and special characters.‘ Wouldn’t continue the installation until I did it right. Didn’t offer a root login either, which was no biggie since I couldn’t figure out what to do after logging in and seeing this:

Took name ‘n password at Login prompt which got me to the ‘Green‘ Karmi prompt. 🤢

The ISO’s RPMS folder was 479 MB:

Without a Graphical Desktop I had no clue how to install any packages or whatever?! Probably just Enterprise Cloud stuff anyway.

Are they ever going to make a Graphical Desktop general-purpose Distro version of CBL-Mariner? I suspect they might at some point, but that is just a guess right now…mainly due to the facts that 1) CBL-Mariner came as an ISO this time: Mariner-1.0-x86_64.iso. Before the ISO I couldn’t even begin to understand the difficult installation guide. 2) Also came wid a Graphical Installer this time.

It was a fun Test tho!!!

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!