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Windows Store to distribute Linux
« on: May 12, 2017, 10:28:49 AM »


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I had a Google news to my phone of a post from
It discusses how Microsoft have decided to distribute Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora, from the Windows store.
Saying this will  - make it easy to run Linux apps, from within any Windows 10 device. It will use virtualization.

My first thought was that this may increase awareness and users of Linux in the longer term as more Windows users will be trying it.

I then thought about how Windows 10s (and Creators update) will be more similar to Apple in being more closed and more proprietary by controlling what can be installed.
To that end it means in effect Microsoft will have some level of control over these Distros, at least where they are from the Windows store.

Looking at it from the recent announcement of Ubuntu and IPO, which Google says is where they sell shares ?
Are M$ making a first step towards buying out of Ubuntu business side via those shares ?
Also researching which Linux software they want to take control of as they will have all the stats of which apps users who download from the store have installed, and their usage levels of those apps, to gauge a popularity stats ?

Compared to previously where users could install virtualization and Distros themselves, does it also mean in that virtualization M$ will be blocking the installation of anything other than these 3 official Distros.

It is a worrying thought.

Overall it does also show M$ are feeling more threatened by Linux popularity, and open source software than they have previously admitted to.
Last Edit: May 12, 2017, 03:20:53 PM by bitsnpcs


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