Is Microsoft publishing its own FreeBSD? Yes and no

It sounds like another one for the Hell Freezes Over file: Microsoft has released a version of FreeBSD 10.3, an edition of the liberally licensed Unix-like OS.

But as with previous Microsoft dalliances in the world of open source-licensed OSes, this isn’t a case of Microsoft admitting Windows is a technological and philosophical dead end. Instead, it’s another case of Microsoft investing effort in making Azure more appealing as an environment to run such OSes.

Azure-izing FreeBSD

The details are simple: FreeBSD 10.3, the latest production version of the OS, is available as a download-and-go VM image in the Azure Marketplace. This particular image, however, has Microsoft, not FreeBSD Foundation (the organization that supports FreeBSD development) listed as the publisher.

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