Ubuntu and Microsoft

Ubuntu has been the platform of choice for developers for years. Microsoft is a mainstay of enterprise technology with an install base in every vertical and with nearly every fortune 2500 organization. Together, the two companies are working to create an even better developer experience from the desktop to the cloud with support for Ubuntu across Windows 10 to SQL Server. Microsoft loves Linux and Linux users love Ubuntu.

Ubuntu on Windows (Beta)

Developers rely on an array of open source tools to work. In the past, using many of these tools on Windows has been a struggle. Ubuntu and Microsoft joined forces to help solve this problem and to enable Windows developers to build projects using open source tools, such as Ruby and node that have dependencies on Linux features and behaviours. The result is a seamless development experience on a Windows based platform, coupled with a trivial installation experience allowing developers to get to work quickly.

The native availability of a full Ubuntu environment on Windows, without virtualization or emulation, is a milestone that defies convention and a gateway to fascinatingly unfamiliar territory. In our journey to bring free software to the widest possible audience, this is not a moment we could have predicted. Nevertheless, we are delighted to stand behind Ubuntu for Windows, committed to addressing the needs of Windows developers exploring Linux in this amazing new way, and excited at the possibilities heralded by this unexpected turn of events.

— Mark Shuttleworth

Windows Subsystem Linux

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Ubuntu on Azure

Ubuntu and Azure create the perfect platform for development projects. Ubuntu is the number one OS in the cloud and the go-to platform for scale out and next-generation workloads. The same experience that developers have grown to love on the desktop, works seamlessly in Azure, which is why more than one in four VMs running on Azure are Linux.

You’ll be delighted by choice, with over 45,000 binaries and more than 1500 workloads at your fingertips. And thanks to Ubuntu’s reliable 6 month release cadence, you’ll always have the latest and greatest to work with. Ubuntu is your best choice for development on Azure - and if you don’t believe us, just have a look at all of the Microsoft container apps. You’ll find they all bootstrap Ubuntu. Ubuntu is everywhere.

Microsoft Azure

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Ubuntu on Azure Stack (Technical Preview)

Canonical continues to work with Microsoft to bring more choice and portability to the cloud, by having Ubuntu as part of Azure Stack, Microsoft’s hybrid cloud. Companies looking for the ease of a public cloud, with the privacy of a private cloud will love Azure Stack. Currently in technical preview, it is based on Microsoft’s Azure public cloud model, delivering the same great experience, but from the customer’s very own datacentre. And you’ll find Ubuntu available as the only linux distribution featured in the preview.

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