Microsoft and the word “open” have a long history of being mutually exclusive, but that’s no longer the case.
Earlier this month, the company said it would support open-source operating system FreeBSD in its Windows Server Hyper-V products. According to a post on its Openness blog, Microsoft partnered with NetApp and Citrix to develop high-performance drivers for Hyper-V. It also enlisted the help of Insight Global, Inc., a technical staffing organization, to develop VMBUS drivers for the project.
Of course, this news came as a big plus for FreeBSD users, but the sole comment on the Microsoft Openness blog clamored for other platform support.
“Now, I’m waiting [for Microsoft to give] support to [D]ebian,” the commenter wrote.
The drivers will be released later this year in the vague “summer” window.