SQL Server Comes to Linux

SQL Server Comes to Linux

Article from Issue 203/2017

If you can't exterminate, assimilate

Another database has been released for Linux. Yes, I realize that this is the standard state of affairs in Free Software, and one where a text editor can fork MariaDB, change the logo, and call it something egotistical like, ooh, AndrewDB.

But this is different. This server is from a company best known for its proprietary software offerings, which has over the years displayed a very negative attitude towards cooperating with the Free Folk. I'm talking, of course, about Microsoft, and the software in question is SQL Server.

This move would never have happened under Steve Ballmer or Bill Gates, Microsoft's former big kahunas, but Satya Nadella, who has been Microsoft's CEO for the last three years, has a more enlightened attitude to Free Software, in that he recognizes that it exists and that it isn't going away. Smart man.


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