Microsoft's Linux / Open-Source Actions Of 2017

Written by Michael Larabel in Microsoft on 5 December 2017 at 05:56 AM EST. 18 Comments
It's been another interesting year of Microsoft open-source/Linux announcements.

In 2017 Microsoft hasn't made quite as many Linux/FLOSS announcements as they did in 2016, but there's still a lot. Some of the happenings this calendar year have included:

- Microsoft became a premium sponsor of the OSI, the Open Source Initiative.

- Microsoft was also tossing money at Debian's DebConf 17.

- Performance improvements for Windows Subsystem for Linux that can be found in the Windows 10 Fall Creator's Update while more optimizations are still on the way.

- While earlier in the year, WSL graduated out of beta with Windows Subsystem for Linux running well and openSUSE/Ubuntu can now be setup from the Windows 10 App Store.

- Rolling out a long-awaited update of Skype for Linux, well, those Linux users still needing to use Skype.

- GCC ARM cross-compilation support was added to Microsoft's Visual Studio.

- The Microsoft-owned Xamarin has been developing a new .NET interpreter for Mono. Also in the Mono space, this year brought Mono 5.0.

- Microsoft went public with their work on the Git Virtual File-System (GVFS).

- .NET Core 2.0 rolled out with significant Linux improvements.

- On the graphics front they open-sourced their DirectX shader compiler.

What do you want to see Microsoft do for Linux/open-source in 2018? Or would you rather they get their hands off entirely? Let us know in the forums.
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