Recently an announcement was made that took a lot of people by surprise. Canonical and Microsoft announced that Ubuntu was now able to run on the Windows desktop.
Dustin Kirkland was the main man on the Canonical side who drove this. I caught up with Dustin at the OpenStack summit to learn more about this seemingly strange move by Microsoft.
Take a listen
Some of the ground Dustin covers
- Ubuntu and Azure and the Microsoft partnership
- Microsoft approached Canonical about bringing Ubuntu to the Windows desktop (looking to attract developers using Linux)
- The Microsoft kernel team has built the Windows subsystem for Linux – Translates Linux systems calls to Windows system calls – Canonical asked to deliver the userspace
- When users type bash they end up in an environment which is essentially Ubuntu minus the kernel
- What have been the reactions to this move from the various constituents
- Ubuntu on Windows – Dustin Kirkland
- Microsoft headhunters seek Linux folk for secret open source unit — Recruiters target penguinistas for Azure sales joy – The Register
Pau for now…