Microsoft’s new Linux Destro is a warning shot on the Red Hat
Never quietly, Microsoft released a new operating system in the jungle. No, not Windows 11. Microsoft made its own Linux distribution. And when you are tempted to make jokes that hate Microsoft Linux, that’s a big deal. Especially for someone who relies on red hats or sauces.
Microsoft’s new Linux distro, called Common Base Linux (CBL) -Mirner, is not the type of distro you want to install directly on any older machine. It is mainly for cloud infrastructure and edge products. Especially Microsoft’s cloud and edge products.
But if you want to know, it’s possible to run. Juan Manuel Ray, Microsoft’s Senior Program Manager for Azure VMware, recently published a guide to ISOCBL-Mariner Image. With it, you can easily pick it up and walk. And you can build CBL-Mariner on Ubuntu 18.04 desktop. So you can try it, but that’s not the point here.
There’s no guarantee yet, but with CBL-Mariner, what Microsoft does better in Windows can lead to Linux-patch management and distribution. Windows Update can be a hate affair in the consumer world, but in the Enterprise Area, Microsoft wins points for prediction and reliability. You can carefully install updates, see what they do, scale them to multiple machines as you see fit. Although Red Hat and Sue provide respectable distros and some support, they go nowhere near Microsoft. And some other Linux companies (if any) can claim massive support, such as Microsoft.
This is the reason for managing servers for everyone, especially many servers. The biggest reason to go with Windows Server Management Tools is advanced server management processors, but Windows presents its own problems. Linux ignores many of these issues but lacks the same patch capabilities. But with CBL-Mariner, you can be the best of both worlds. Strong supply support for both Unix and Windows and world class server management capabilities and the ability to skip Windows if you need to.
Complicating Unix Server’s complexity is difficult to minimize compared to Windows equivalents. This is a task that is often performed by several people at the previous end and sometimes by only one person later. And most people will not notice because Microsoft has quietly become one of the largest Linux distributors in the world. The hard part is winning over the community. But recent decisions, such as the Gut Hub, can help keep it alive on its own.
It is too early to say that Microsoft will definitely move in that direction, but it is doing everything right to enter the Linux enterprise space. And possibly own it. Companies like Red Hat might take notice.