This Saturday, April 25, the Debian Project will release Debian 8 (codename “Jessie”). In celebration of this milestone, we’re having a “birthday party,” including cake, with the LinuxFest Northwest participants, hosted by Jose Miguel Parrella, a Debian Developer and member of Microsoft’s Open Source Strategy team.

In the sugar-fueled session, Welcome Debian 8: Aptly Cloud Aptitude, Jose Miguel will discuss what’s new with Debian 8 and how the Microsoft Azure cloud can help bring Debian projects to hyperscale.

Participants will walk through how Azure transforms the Debian system administrator and package maintainer work, including provisioning build servers, using PaaS for APT repositories, bootstrap-vz, and other interesting scenarios.

Beginners are welcome—the session is designed for those with little to no experience with Debian packaging, so participants can come and learn the basics. The discussion will cover the packaging workflow for people interested in using packages as hooks, as well as for prospective Debian maintainers.

Debian is one of the most popular Linux distributions, and we’re very happy to see the community traction around it on VM Depot. Microsoft also supports Debian 5, 6, and 7 in Hyper-V and many products in the System Center suite.

If you’re attending LinuxFest Northwest, please join us for cake and celebration of the latest Debian release on Sunday at 3 pm (Haskell 104). Hope to see you there!


Microsoft’s commitment to openness and transparency is ingrained in our day-to-day approach to doing business alongside industry partners, including open source communities. To be successful in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, we need to be open. It’s good for our customers and our business.


  • edam

    It’s called “Debian GNU/Linux”.

    Although, if I were a betting man, I’d bet that omission was deliberate, right?

  • A

    You’ve come a long way 😉 Kudos for working with the Debian crowd!

  • Dm

    Can’t believe I see that

  • Gdow


  • Marco

    Where are the LIS-driver for Hyper-V?

    • Hi Marco, You can find the drivers for Linux and FreeBSD Virtual Machines on Hyper-V here: The page includes the following distributions: Debian, CentOS, RedHat Enterprise Linux, Oracle Linux, SUSE, Ubuntu, and FreeBSD.

      Please let us know if you have more questions. Microsoft’s Open Source Technology Center (OSTC) team manages a LIS for Microsoft Hyper-V forum and welcomes any feedback on how improve LIS and interoperability with Linux distributions. Thanks!

  • pstrohm

    MS embracing the open source, it’s just a matter of time they’ll extend then extinguish soon.

  • Mohammed Sadik

    Yes. Just another business strategy. Bad for freedom.

  • zlatan

    The hell just froze itself…

  • sunil sdlavrot

    Microsoft’s definition of openess is really subjugation in disguise.

  • zack

    @edam: actually, it’s just called “Debian” these days

  • godfather

    keep your friends close, but your enemies closer

  • Dave Lane

    Until they contribute all their software patents to the OPI, they’re no friend of FOSS. They continue to suck in my books.

  • Jon "maddog" Hall

    When will Microsoft disclose to the Free and Opensource community what patents they think we are violating in the Android operating system (and presumably in the Linux kernel), rather than just going to Android licensees and extracting money out of them?

  • pv

    It is a welcome change of business strategy.

  • Dave Lane

    So Microsoft, when’re you going to gift all your software patents to the Open Patent Initiative? That would be what a real thoughtful member of open source community would do.

  • Stuart

    Microsoft may genuinely be trying to become an open company, but they have to overcome years and years of hostility, shady business tactics, and FUD towards the FLOSS community. A blog and a few cakes are not enough. Even if the policy has changed, it will take years for the culture to change.

  • quickquick

    ermmmmmm, this cant be real. pinch me. OMG-HFS. my eyes cant believe what its seeing. tell me this is a hoax/joke/lies right?
    IF M$ speaks this who are we going to blame in the future?
    but if M$ is so headbent? then let them withdraw support from secureboot and other cash tie-ups with intel and friends union. especially, thanks because of M$ and intel’s M$ coreboot remains in a mess till date.
    but thanks anyway, even if it is sort of 199% fake. thanks, and welcome to the debian club M$. hope you will not backstab us later and will allow us to use the hardware as freely as you folks do.
    *smallest font* my 2 cent request.

  • Daniel Yucra

    Ustedes de microsoft estan lokos.. si creen que van a confundirlos a los usuarios estan equivocados.. GNU/Linux Debian no se vende y se hace negocio es de la comunidad no de microsoft

  • Tiago J. Adami

    MS should hold their ground as Software Developer and focus on improvements for their products. MS and Apple doesn’t fit in OSS initiative. C’mon Microsoft, free cake is not OSS. You’re better than that.

  • drew

    It’s GNU/Linux not linux. You guys are still a terrible corporation and your products are still inferior compared to GNU/Linux. Get rid of secureboot.

  • Ian

    Who invited the vampires into the house…………? C’mon Debian, wake up before it’s too late.

  • BangRoyHan

    What The…..
    This is JOKE..???

  • Linux Admin Sr.

    Microsoft Openess is only a disguise trying to be friendly to free software when it is actually not the case. We all know that this company is motivated by money and nothing more.
    I hardly doubt they want to “help” or “benefit” the GNU/Linux community.
    So Microsoft’s Open Source Team is nothing more than another try from M$ trying to cancer the Linux community.

  • Tim

    It’s a good thing ! Microsoft can build a better future. They have experience, they have money, they can really make some big steps for the freedom and the future of every body.

    Well played.

  • Alvaro

    You make good for previous hostility, patent trolling and FUD by apologies and actions, not cake.

  • lupus furyo

    How do you like the “Cancer” Microsoft?

  • Guillermo Portones

    Dear Users and Abusers: This does not benefit *nix users or the community. Like Mr. Maddog said in the comments, provide proof of patent infringements. And also STOP USING SECURE BOOT/UEFI TO BLOCK LINUX INSTALLATIONS IN NEW COMPUTERS (AND YES PLEASE BLAME MANUFACTURERS)

  • flux

    TIL Microsoft has Openness Team. Sounds Orwellian.

  • Ray

    These comments are more than a little salty.

  • Crackrjackr

    No Ray, These comments have legitimate merit.

  • name

    embrace, extend, estinguish.

    stay far far away from Microsoft, dudes!

  • Danial Behzadi

    “Debian is one of the most popular Linux distributions”???
    Debian is “Debian GNU/Linux” always and forever. So what is it in GNU that is so frightening for Microsoft which forces it to censor even it’s name?

  • Riccardo

    Ok, I had a nice time reading all the comments. I think that now I am supposed to put my credit card number somewhere, to pay for the entertainement…

    Every try to connect the words Microsoft and freedom result in a broken pencil… and… this is nothing more than a silly try to get new (paying) users for a M$ service. 😐

  • Siick

    I dont know if it’s a good thing or not for the Open community because i’m not well documented on the action of Microsoft ‘openness’. But it seems weird, it’s like Mario & Sonic in a videogames 20 years ago …

  • Greg Slepak

    I commend Microsoft for keeping these comments open. +1

  • levin

    I would like to see the Microsoft would ask its hardware oem release their kernel,for I cannot use my debian at its limit power of effciency

  • Me

    Well… lets just wait and see…

  • AmirHossein Goodarzi

    Exactly this is Debian GNU/Linux not Debian Linux

    GNU is an Important part of Debian.
    GNU has lots of tools that makes linux run.”Linux” is only a cannot use a kernel with out tools .
    So it’s Debian GNU/Linux .

  • Rick Bolmikolke

    I’d just like to interject for a moment. What you’re referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I’ve recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.

    Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called Linux, and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project.

    There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine’s resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called Linux distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.

  • Fouad

    The Debian project is touting new ports for ARM and POWER architectures, a bunch of software updates, an upgraded Gnome desktop and better security in its just-unleashed Jessie release.

  • IGAM Muliarsa

    Linux 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.7-ckt11-1 (2015-05-24) x86_64 GNU/Linux
    $ more /etc/debian_version

  • leonardo

    Oh my! Reading these comments reminds me a lot…. religion. This is probably the reason why desktop linux is not popular

  • Food for thought

    This has nothing to do with tricks or openness. The reality is, if you want to play the cloud game you need to support GNU/Linux or BSD VMs. But hey, even the OSS world has bullies. The problem is that they speak the loudest, and misrepresent what really is a great community.

    Sent from my non mobile Jessie station

  • Connor Oud

    Now, if you could please bring Microsoft Office to Linux-based clients, that would be great, I suggest aiming for Debian support, because that would also include support for Ubuntu.
    I currently am having difficulty using Wine to install Office 2016 and I don’t want to use a VM.

    • Appreciate the feedback, Connor. I submitted your feedback to the Office product team. Thank you!

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