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Microsoft Open Sources PowerShell, Brings It To Linux!

Brief: Microsoft’s command line platform is PowerShell is open source and now available on Linux. You can easily install PowerShell on Linux with Snap apps.

Microsoft PowerShell is Open Source now

Microsoft and Open Source together don’t surprise me anymore. When Microsoft first announced that it is going to open source .NET, I was shocked. But then it open sourced Visual Studio Code, it’s Edge browser’s Chakra Core and SQL Server among several such announcements.

The last time I paid attention to Microsoft’s love for Open Source (and Linux) was when it announced Bash on Windows. That was big. Linux’s Bash Shell in Windows, thanks to Ubuntu.

When Microsoft announced that it was bringing its own command line platform PowerShell on Linux. PowerShell is now open source and is available on Linux and Mac OS, in alpha builds.

What is PowerShell?

For those who are not familiar with PowerShell, it “is a task automation and configuration management framework from Microsoft, consisting of a command-line shell and associated scripting language built on the .NET Framework.”

Basically, it’s a command line framework that allows administrative tasks on local and remote Windows systems, among other things. Tightly coupled with .NET, PowerShell has been a quite a hit in Windows domain.

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Install PowerShell on Linux

Linux already has more powerful and versatile shells available at its disposal. I don’t think regular Linux user is going to start using PowerShell but then that’s not the aim anyway. PowerShell on Linux is aimed at developers who must use PowerShell or .NET perhaps.

Whatever may be the reason for you to use PowerShell on Linux, you can easily install it using Snap.

First, make sure that Snap support is enabled on your Linux system. After that, all you have to do is to use the following command:

sudo snap install powershell --classic

That’s all. If you don’t want to use Snap, you can find installation instructions for various Linux distributions on its GitHub page. I am not going to list them here as it might change with time.

For beginners, a getting started with PowerShell repository has been added to GitHub as well. You can find more about it on its GitHub repository:

PowerShell on GitHub

Bringing PowerShell to Linux is all for the good cause of … Windows customers

Microsoft’s previous CEO Steve Ballmer had called Linux cancer. Much water has flown under the bridge since then. Ballmer is not CEO of Microsoft anymore. The new CEO, Satya Nadella said that Microsoft loves Linux. Satya is implementing new policies and open source and Linux support are one of them. But what made Satya take the road to open source?

The real answer is Microsoft loves Microsoft. It wants to be the leader of the cloud world and has put a lot of weight behinds its Azure service. Support of Linux is a part of the plan to make Azur more acceptable to its users by providing the various options. Open Sourcing Power Shell is no different.

As TechCrunch reported, “Nadella basically told the company to talk to customers, find out what they need to succeed and give it to them.”

Lead Architect of Microsoft Enterprise Cloud group Jeffrey Snover commented:

“We heard that customers want to have their choice of clients, servers and clouds….We want to be our customers’ preferred partners for running their workloads and it’s in Microsoft’s and our customers’ shared interest to help them to manage everything.”

Any thoughts on Microsoft’s love for Linux and Open Source?

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  • Dear Microsoft ,
    I know you fear Linux but please stay away from it and in general from opensource , you can’t sell us your shitty stuff (read Azure) , in the name of open source.

    • The above response should be reversed:

      i.e. Linux please keep away from Microsoft.

      There is nothing in Microsoft’s past that would make anybody think they are doing this altruistically.
      Microsoft only ever do things for the good of MS.
      So it’s guaranteed they will soon be copyrighting and charging for a Core part of Linux, this means everybody will have to pay for using it and MS will harvest all your data for it advertising streams.
      Call me paranoid but just wait and see.
      I wonder how long before the lawsuits start!?!