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287 Microsoft open-source and Linux related news articles on Phoronix since 2006.

Microsoft Continues Improving Its Internal Linux Distro With Another Update
Microsoft Continues Improving Its Internal Linux Distro With Another Update

It was just over a year ago Microsoft lifted the lid further on CBL-Mariner as its internal Linux distribution used for a variety of purposes at the company from running within their Azure cloud environment to also finding use by WSL, and various other use-cases. They have continued issuing updates and expanding the capabilities of this enterprise-tasked Linux distribution.

5 August 2022 - CBL-Mariner 2.0 July 2022 Update 2 - 17 Comments
Systemd Creator Lands At Microsoft
Systemd Creator Lands At Microsoft

Yesterday's surprise was that Lennart Poettering quietly had left Red Hat following a decade and a half there leading PulseAudio among other projects and ultimately going on to start systemd that has fundamentally reshaped modern Linux distributions. It turns out he had joined Microsoft and continuing his work on systemd.

6 July 2022 - systemctl enable microsoft - 212 Comments
Microsoft's CBL-Mariner 2.0 Linux Distro Now Supports Kernel Live Patching, PXE Boot
Microsoft's CBL-Mariner 2.0 Linux Distro Now Supports Kernel Live Patching, PXE Boot

Last month Microsoft issued the first production release of CBL-Mariner 2.0, its in-house Linux distribution used for powering services from Microsoft Azure to WSL use-cases and more. CBL-Mariner 2.0 this weekend saw a rather large monthly update with a number of fixes, package updates, and new additions to this "Common Base Linux" platform.

26 June 2022 - CBL-Mariner 2.0 - 4 Comments
Microsoft Ships Big Update To Their CBL-Mariner 2.0 Linux Distribution
Microsoft Ships Big Update To Their CBL-Mariner 2.0 Linux Distribution

Last month Microsoft published their first production release of CBL-Mariner 2.0 as an updated version of their in-house Linux distribution used for a variety of purposes from Windows Subsystem for Linux to Azure. This week Microsoft released a rather hefty stable update to their CBL-Mariner 2.0 distribution.

5 June 2022 - Microsoft Linux Distro - 9 Comments
Microsoft Lands VA-API To Direct3D 12 H.264 Video Encode/Decode In Mesa
Microsoft Lands VA-API To Direct3D 12 H.264 Video Encode/Decode In Mesa

Microsoft has made a lot of interesting developments and maneuvers over the past number of months for leveraging open-source Mesa for use by Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and supporting various Khronos APIs atop Direct3D 12 for use when native drivers are lacking on Windows. This work so far has been focused on OpenGL, OpenCL, and Vulkan but Microsoft has now even implemented Direct3D 12 video API support within Mesa and leverages the VA-API state tracker support within Mesa.

17 May 2022 - VA-API To D3D12 Video Acceleration - 24 Comments
Microsoft Issues First Production Release Of Its CBL-Mariner 2.0 Linux Distribution
Microsoft Issues First Production Release Of Its CBL-Mariner 2.0 Linux Distribution

Made public last year by Microsoft was CBL-Mariner 1.0 as its internal Linux distribution used for selective purposes from Azure to WSL. This Microsoft "Common Base Linux" distribution has worked well for their internal needs while continuing to make roughly monthly public updates to its 1.0 branch. Today CBL-Mariner 2.0 marks its first production release.

9 May 2022 - CBL-Mariner 2.0 - 26 Comments
Microsoft Enables SELinux By Default For CBL-Mariner Linux Distro

It was just last week Microsoft issued a new monthly update to CBL-Mariner, its Linux distribution within use at the Windows company for tasks ranging from Azure to WSL. Now a second update for March has arrived for CBL-Mariner with security fixes and a few other updates.

20 March 2022 - Microsoft CBL-Mariner - 6 Comments
Microsoft's CBL-Mariner Linux Distro Updated For March With Many Security Fixes

It's been nearly one year since Microsoft published CBL-Mariner 1.0 as their internal Linux distribution in use at the WIndows company. Microsoft continues building upon CBL-Mariner and using it for a variety of use-cases from within Azure (for Sphere OS) to WSL and much more. They continue publishing monthly ISO releases for those wanting to use this Microsoft Linux spin for their own uses.

15 March 2022 - Microsoft Linux OS - Add A Comment
Microsoft Makes The DirectStorage API Officially Available

Microsoft in late 2020 announced DirectStorage as a new API in the DirectX family focused on delivering faster I/O performance for games to yield quicker game load times and more expansive virtual worlds. After being in a limited developer preview since last year, today Microsoft is making the DirectStorage API broadly available.

14 March 2022 - DirectStorage API For DirectX - 52 Comments
Mesa's "Dozen" Close To Providing Vulkan Over Direct3D 12
Mesa's "Dozen" Close To Providing Vulkan Over Direct3D 12

Not only is Microsoft after having OpenGL and OpenCL layered atop Direct3D 12 for usage by Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL2) or where the host has no native GL/CL drivers available, but they are also after Vulkan support on top of D3D12. It's looking like Mesa may be close to merging the "Dozen" driver that provides this preliminary Vulkan on Direct3D 12 support.

3 February 2022 - Vulkan On Direct3D 12 - 32 Comments
Microsoft's CBL-Mariner Linux Distribution Adds Intel SGX Support, Updated Packages
Microsoft's CBL-Mariner Linux Distribution Adds Intel SGX Support, Updated Packages

One of Microsoft's Linux/open-source surprises for 2021 was publishing of CBL-Mariner as their internal Linux distribution used for a variety of purposes at the company. Microsoft has kept to updating CBL-Mariner publicly on a monthly basis and continuing to make it easier to test out and enhance its usefulness. Last night they published their January 2022 build of Microsoft's Linux operating system.

27 January 2022 - CBL-Mariner January 2022 - 7 Comments
Microsoft Reworks The "DXGKRNL" Driver It Wants To Get Into The Linux Kernel
Microsoft Reworks The "DXGKRNL" Driver It Wants To Get Into The Linux Kernel

Back in 2020 Microsoft announced the DXGKRNL driver as the kernel driver component for supporting GPU accelerated use-cases within Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL2). That original DXGKRNL driver was quickly shot down by upstream kernel developers and various issues raised while now for the past year Microsoft has been reworking this kernel driver and on Wednesday published the new version.

13 January 2022 - DXGKRNL - 127 Comments
Microsoft Lands D3D12 Compute Support In Mesa 22.0
Microsoft Lands D3D12 Compute Support In Mesa 22.0

Following Microsoft working on shader storage buffer object support for their Gallium3D D3D12 back-end within Mesa, they've been working on OpenGL compute and OpenGL ES 3.1 support for this controversial component to allow OpenGL/GLES/OpenCL to work atop Windows' Direct3D 12 drivers such as for Windows Subsystem for Linux.

11 January 2022 - Direct3D 12 Compute - 19 Comments
This Year Microsoft Embraced eBPF, Debuted CBL-Mariner, Continued With WSL Features
This Year Microsoft Embraced eBPF, Debuted CBL-Mariner, Continued With WSL Features

Each year it's interesting to see how Microsoft's usage and contributions around Linux and open-source evolve. In a short period of time they go from sponsoring coffee at LinuxTag to enabling .NET and more on Linux to now in 2021 having made public their CBL-Mariner Linux distribution, supporting more features like eBPF and IO_uring on Windows, and continue heavily investing in the Windows Subsystem for Linux.

31 December 2021 - Microsoft Open-Source/Linux - 9 Comments
Microsoft To Make Windows Terminal The Default Choice On Windows 11
Microsoft To Make Windows Terminal The Default Choice On Windows 11

Back in early 2019 Microsoft announced Windows Terminal as a new terminal for Windows that seemed rather Linux-inspired and supported tabs and other modern functionality. Beginning in 2022, Microsoft will make Windows Terminal their default terminal program on Windows 11.

15 December 2021 - Default Terminal - 44 Comments
Microsoft's Hyper-V DRM Display Driver Will Land For Linux 5.14

Last summer Microsoft engineers posted a DRM kernel display driver for their Hyper-V synthetic video device. One year later after going through a few rounds of code review, this Hyper-V DRM driver will be going mainline with the upcoming Linux 5.14 kernel cycle.

9 June 2021 - Hyper-V Display - 10 Comments
Microsoft Bringing eBPF Support To Windows
Microsoft Bringing eBPF Support To Windows

eBPF has been one of the greatest Linux kernel innovations of the past decade and now Microsoft has decided to bring this "revolutionary technology" to Windows Server and Windows 10.

11 May 2021 - Windows + eBPF - 44 Comments

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