Microsoft seeking open-source expert to help put Linux on Azure

Microsoft seeking open-source expert to help put Linux on Azure

Summary: Microsoft is moving steadily ahead with its plan to enable Linux to run on its Windows Azure cloud platform.

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As I blogged earlier this month, Microsoft is preparing to enable Linux to run on its Windows Azure cloud platform. A test build of the coming Linux virtual-machine capability is slated for March, according to my contacts.

For those still doubting this is on the Microsoft roadmap, I've got a new piece of evidence. A contact of mine provided me with a link to a Microsoft job posting for a software development engineer at Microsoft that calls for some serious Linux credentials.

The job posting states quite plainly that the person the Server and Tools team is seeking will be charged with "Defin(ing) and scop(ing) open source projects designed to enable Linux on Microsoft’s virtualization and cloud platforms." (Emphasis mine.)

Here is the pertinent part of the post:

SR Software Development Engineer (SDE) Job Date: Jan 22, 2012 Location: Redmond, WA, US Job Category: Software Engineering: Development Location: Redmond, WA, US Job ID: 764856-52821 Division: Server & Tools Business

Senior Software Development Engineer/Linux Virtualization

This position requires a proven track record in the open source community.

The Windows Interoperability Team at Microsoft has an immediate opening for a senior software development engineer. The purpose of this position is to become a key member of a highly specialized development team whose mission is to identify, define, scope, implement and drive to completion software projects that promote full, transparent interoperability between Windows and Linux in Microsoft virtual and cloud environments.

The primary responsibilities for this position are the following:

Define and scope open source projects designed to enable Linux on Microsoft’s virtualization and cloud platforms

Work directly with the Linux kernel community to develop Linux device drivers and kernel technology to support Linux on Microsoft platforms

Work with Microsoft product groups to help ensure the design and implementation of Microsoft virtualization and cloud technology will support Linux architectures and runtime paradigms.

The qualifications for this Microsoft job, according to the posting, include the ability to:

  • Create and implement plans that provide for the testing and quality assurance of software products
  • Write high-quality Linux kernel code in the C programming language and the associated unit tests.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Linux virtualization methods, approaches and deployment. (Including but not limited to Hyper-V, Xen and KVM)
  • Demonstrate an understanding Linux device driver development and implementation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Linux kernel architecture, including kernel debugging and runtime libraries
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Linux networking and TCP/IP stack

I've also heard from another of my contacts Microsoft is holding an infrastructure-as-a-service workshop for partners in the next few weeks that will allow certain independent software vendors to test out a pre-release of the coming persistent virtual machine capability.

Microsoft officials still are not commenting on anything to do with coming plans for the ability to run Linux on Azure. But The Register reported today that Microsoft has demonstrated in its own labs Red Hat running on Azure.

Topics: Microsoft, Linux, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software, Virtualization

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: Microsoft seeking open-source expert to help put Linux on Azure

    All part of the plan to get linux users to migrate to the Microsoft Windows platform.
    Loverock Davidson-
    • RE: Microsoft seeking open-source expert to help put Linux on Azure

      @Loverock Davidson-

      Stop bating the linux geek.
      Drewidian
      • RE: Microsoft seeking open-source expert to help put Linux on Azure

        @Drewidian He doesn't require any bating. He would jump in right away, claiming that MS has seen Nirvana in the form of Linux
        mm71
      • RE: Microsoft seeking open-source expert to help put Linux on Azure

        @Drewidian
        This is M$ surrendering to the might of Linux and FOSS!
        The Linux Geek
    • RE: Microsoft seeking open-source expert to help put Linux on Azure

      @Loverock Davidson-
      I doubt it. I think they are doing it to lure MS centric IT departments into Azure when they happen to have one-off Linux apps in their data centers that need hosting.
      bmonsterman
      • Almost everywhere is a mixed environment

        @bmonsterman If you are mostly Linux you are still going to end up with a few Windows servers and if you are a Windows shop, you are still going to have a couple of Linux systems kicking around. Any virtualization environment that doesn't allow you to do both is going to be a niche product. This is just Microsoft correctly recognizing market conditions.
        cornpie
    • All 1% of them.

      @Loverock Davidson- right
      Dietrich T. Schmitz *Your
      • RE: Microsoft seeking open-source expert to help put Linux on Azure

        @Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate <br><br>It's false reporting. M$ don't/won't waste it's time to please 1%ers.
        Return_of_the_jedi
      • @return

        You see MS supporting Linux servers (which they've been doing for a while now in one form or another) as proof that Linux desktop is more successful than it actually is? Linux has been extremely successful in the server marketplace but that doesn't mean it is successful in the desktop marketplace. What you are suggesting is as ridiculous as suggesting that Apple's Mac vs PC ads were in response to MS's tremendous success with Windows Mobile and future success with WP7. Speaking of WP7, how funny that WP7 has more marketshare in the mobile market than Linux does in te desktop market. That must make you sad.
        toddybottom_z
      • RE: Microsoft seeking open-source expert to help put Linux on Azure

        @Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate
        One just got caught in the net. LOL
        daikon
      • RE: Microsoft seeking open-source expert to help put Linux on Azure

        @toddybottom_z[i]<br><br> ...funny that WP7 has more marketshare in the mobile market than Linux does in te desktop market.[/i]<br><br>More than Linux Desktop, but less than Bada, where it counts.<br><br>PS. When you can give me WP7 activation numbers I'll give you Linux's.
        Return_of_the_jedi
      • I see you missed the point

        Windows in the mobile market is a failure with barely over 1% marketshare. Like you said, even Bada is beating it.

        Linux on the desktop then, with even less marketshare, is an even bigger failure.
        toddybottom_z
      • re: I see you missed the point if you had one ...

        @toddybottom_z<br><br>It depends on what a particular user considers to be success or failure.<br>Case in point: TDL4 <b>IS</b> a success, but not for Linux Desktop Users.<br><br>I'll let you be the judge what's important to you.
        Return_of_the_jedi
      • RE: Microsoft seeking open-source expert to help put Linux on Azure

        @toddybottom_z<br><br>I think that says more about wp7, its backed by a very big company spending countless $$$ pushing their product and they still can't get it to take off, Linux on the other hand doesn't have a big company spending countless $$$ pushing to get their product on the desktop. <br><br>No one knows what Linux desktop market share is, web counters aren't effective, and a few years ago Ballmer estimated Linux desktop market share to be about the same as Apples.
        guzz46
      • RE: Microsoft seeking open-source expert to help put Linux on Azure

        @Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate

        Feeling special at last?
        Samic
      • Where is this discussion of desktops and phones comming from?

        @Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate

        The story is about servers not desktops and certainly not phones.
        cornpie
    • RE: Microsoft seeking open-source expert to help put Linux on Azure

      @Loverock Davidson-
      Unfortunately, what's happening is the other way around. Every linux user I know, knows windows quite well already. If its 1% linux users, why would MS care anyway?
      deathjazz
      • Exactly

        @willyampz<br><br>While I use Linux exclusively, I spend a lot of time installing, maintaining, and fixing the Windows boxes of others.<br><br>Most Linux users know Windows backwards and forward. The reverse is NOT the case. Most of the anti-Linux folks in this forum have no idea about Linux. We Linux fans however know Windows quite well. This is a big reason why we love and choose to use Linux.
        Tim Patterson
    • RE: Microsoft seeking open-source expert to help put Linux on Azure

      @Loverock Davidson- The plan is they're getting Windows users ready for Linux because Windows 9 will have a Linux kernel.
      paulfx1
      • RE: ...Windows 9 will have a Linux kernel.

        @paulfx1

        [b]ONLY IF[/b] the temperature in hell approaches [u]absolute zero[/u].

        Are you sure that you do not live in an alternate universe??
        fatman65536