Azure has been a product that IT Admins love, and getting access to install various forms of Linux on Azure has been great. On Wednesday, Microsoft gave users a new distribution of Linux to use on Azure, Debian GNU.
The addition of Debian FNU/Linux, will satisfy a large group of Linux fans and administrators, and ones looking to try out Azure. The addition of it also comes with the announcement of an open-source services and support consultancy.
The current Debian GNU is a free operating system that comes with over 43,000 packages and runs on a wide variety of kernals. The 64-bit version is one that developers, governments, and enterprises use most often.
Microsoft Azure users can now provision Debian-based virtual machines inside Azure using Debian 7 and Debian 8. This will allow admins to run either version inside the virtual machine, and run it in the cloud on Azure.
With the announcement of Debian GNU on Azure, Microsoft is also launching Azure Linux and open-source developer support teams. The teams will make sure the latest versions of Debian run in the marketplace and work with communities in building the images.
This announcement means that Azure will be running eight different versions of Linux. Those distributions include: Canonical Ubuntu, CentOS, CoreOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Oracle Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE and, in conjunction with Red Hat, Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Debian GNU/Linux on Azure is great for enterprises and IT admins. It’s live to use now, so if you use Debian GNU/Linux, try it out on Azure and let us know how it works