Thursday, March 10, 2016

Microsoft loves Linux

This seems a bit early for April Fool's Day, and seems legit:
Put down your coffee gently. Microsoft has today released a homegrown open-source operating system, based on Debian GNU/Linux, that runs on network switches. 
The software is dubbed SONiC, aka Software for Open Networking in the Cloud. It's a toolkit of code and kernel patches to bend switch hardware to your will, so you can dictate how it works and what it can do, rather than relying on proprietary firmware from a traditional networking vendor.
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Back in the day, we used to laugh at jokes about "MS Linux".  The world is getting weird.


Guffaw in AZ said...

The question remains, is it more secure? Or is anything these days?


Borepatch said...

Well, *I* think that Linux is more secure. ;-)

But the point is that H8trz ain't h8tin' no more ...

burt said...

Knowing what Microsoft has done to Cyanogenmod with it's plugins and additions, I'd stay the eff away from any distro that Microsoft has anything to do with.


Remember: Steve Ballmer said that "Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches." Why? The GPL. After all, Microsoft doesn't want its core software to be opened to ridicule - er, examination - by software engineers around the world.

SiGraybeard said...

Didn't Balmer or one of them say, "You don't want to be trapped in that open source stuff"?

ccbpc said...

Linux XP??? I'm going to have nightmares for a week.