Microsoft's Open-Source / Linux Announcements So Far In 2017

Written by Michael Larabel in Microsoft on 28 September 2017 at 09:47 AM EDT. 58 Comments
We are just hitting the end of Q3, but already this calendar year Microsoft has continued their trend of the past few years of engaging with open-source and Linux in different aspects.

The past few years we've come to find Microsoft making many interesting announcements in regards to open-source/Linux. Some of the Microsoft 2017 announcements so far include:

- Just this week, Microsoft becoming a premium sponsor to the OSI.

- .NET Core 2.0 was released with better Linux support including more unified support, plans to support musl-based distributions to complement their glibc Linux support, and other refinements.

- Windows Subsystem for Linux graduated beta. It's now ready for primetime if you want to run Linux binaries on Windows 10 via WSL. Ubuntu, openSUSE, and Fedora are among the distributions available from the Windows Store for running with WSL. Our recent benchmarks have shown the performance overhead to be minimal except in the case of poor I/O.

- Microsoft was among the sponsors of Debian's DebConf 17.

- Since Microsoft acquired Xamarin, they have continued letting it live on and earlier this year ushered in Mono 5.0 that integrates the Roslyn C# compiler, MSBUILD, and more.

- Microsoft announced the Git Virtual File-System.

- The Redmond company open-sourced their DirectX shader compiler.

It's not yet quite as many as Microsoft's Linux/FLOSS announcements of 2016 (or 2015), but it's getting up there.

What do you anticipate Microsoft will do next?
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