Say, what happened to Microsoft loves Linux? The company is inviting all Linux developers to move to Windows 10 and give its platform a try, which Microsoft says they will be amazed with.
But at least, one can make a case that the software titan has finally acknowledged the potential of the open source world, and is exploring options to expand in this area — with success, it must be said.
This time around, Redmond posted an episode on Channel 9 titled ‘Improvements to Bash on Windows and the Windows Console’, which as you may have guessed is all about the integration of this environment in the operating system.
Senior program manager Rich Turner is making the call for developers to give up their platforms and give Windows 10 a try:
“Fire up a Windows 10 Insiders’ build instance and run your code, run your tools, host your website on Apache, access your MySQL database from your Java code.”
He then went on to point out that the Linux subsystem in Windows provides developers with all the necessary tools to code just like they do on their free operating system — all without losing the advantages that Windows 10 brings:
“Whatever it is that you normally do on Linux to build an application: whether it’s in Go, in Erlang, in C, whatever you use, please, give it a try on Bash WSL, and importantly file bugs on us. It really makes our life a lot easier and helps us build a product that we can all use and be far more productive with.”
Oh well, now that you ask of filing bugs, there is a sure chance that many developers will at least give this solution a whirl and see how it stacks up.
Even if they don’t give up their preferred Linux installation.
Microsoft naturally promises that it has a lot more improvements for WSL lined up, with the ultimate goal being to make it fully compatible with all the development tools that are currently on Linux so that it could be used by those who make the switch to its latest operating system.
Of course, the company also recently joined the Linux Foundation as a platinum member, promising to contribute to the development of the open source world.
A move, which some see as a change of heart.ope