Every other week there seems to be a new story about Microsoft being friendly to their open-source rivals, and apparently this week is no different. Microsoft has begun to support Linux on their Azure cloud, a service previously reserved for Windows Server operating systems.
According to The H, the list is limited though, with support currently in place for only openSUSE 12.1, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, Ubuntu 12.04, and CentOS 6.2. There seems to be no word on if the folks at Redmond plan to extend this list, although with the ever-changing landscape of Linux distributions they’d likely have to.
There’s a bit more information about Azure on the Microsoft website, although we will allow you time to reposition your eyebrows before proceeding.