Microsoft readies Azure Service Fabric on Linux, inches toward open source

Microsoft edged another step toward making Azure Service Fabric open source. The company released not the long-awaited Service Fabric source code but the next best thing: an official, supported release of Service Fabric on Linux.

In an today’s announcement, Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich proclaimed the need for “a consistent microservices application platform and management experience across enterprise IT infrastructure,” whatever the operating system or programming language.

Microsoft’s motivation for this move is the same one that was behind the release of an edition of SQL Server for Linux: “Most enterprises today host a mixture of Windows Server and Linux servers,” Russinovich said, and Microsoft is depriving itself of opportunities by not delivering products specifically for that platform.

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