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Linux on Azure—a Strange Place to Find a Penguin

By: linuxscribe

April 30, 2013 5:00 pm

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Linux enthusiasts might think the idea of running a Linux virtual machine on Microsoft’s Azure service is like finding a penguin sun tanning in the Sahara. Linux in the heart of the Microsoft cloud? Isn’t that just wrong on so many levels?

Why would anyone want to run Linux on Microsoft servers? For the hobbyist, I suppose for the same reason people climb Mount Everest: because it’s there. For the business user, the prospect of spinning up Linux VMs in Microsoft’s fabric offers new options for collocating open-source technologies with existing Microsoft Azure services. For the cloud market in general, more competition is good news for consumers…

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(Linux Journal, Andrew Fabbro)