More than a year has been passed since and Mircosoft is actually showing its friendly face to Linux and Open Source. This is in sharp contrast to its previous CEO Steve Ballmer’s infamous “Linux is a cancer” attitude.
In last one year, we have seen .Net going open source, Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code coming to Linux with open source tag of course, Microsoft’s supposedly Linux OS and its growing friendship with Canonical (parent company of popular Linux distribution, Ubuntu).
Year 2016 has just begun and Microsoft has yet another news that shows its ‘commitment’ towards open source.
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Gaurav Seth, Chakra’s principal project manager announced:
“We’ve just made the sources for ChakraCore available under the MIT License at the ChakraCore GitHub repository. Going forward, we’ll be developing the key components of Chakra in the open.”
But ChakraCore is not just limited to Edge browser. As per Seth,
Chakra powers Universal Windows applications across all form factors where Windows 10 is supported—whether it’s on an Xbox, a phone, or a traditional PC. It powers services such Azure DocumentDB, Cortana and Outlook.com. It is used by (and optimized for) TypeScript. And with Windows 10, we enabled Node.js to run with Chakra, to help advance the reach of Node.js ecosystem and make Node.js available on a new IoT platform: Windows 10 IoT Core.
Microsoft also expressed its intention to port ChakraCore to Linux.
Does it mean that Edge browser might be coming to Linux? I don’t think so. At least, not anytime soon. However, it does mean that ChakraCore based browser could be developed for Linux. What do you think?