Opinion

Ubuntu v Windows: Dawn of Alliance

OVERVIEW

Yes, you read that correct! Although there’s a catch here – this isn’t your gladiator match rather a union between Microsoft and Canonical. For the most part, it appeared as a rumor at first, since the only way possible Ubuntu (open-source Linux-based operating system) could run on your Windows 10 is by executing the Bash shell (read here) but the news spread like wildfire, and it was confirmed that the soon-to-be partnership is official.

The above may sound gibberish to the layperson or an end user of the platforms, but the idea is to provide a tool for developers (and is meant that way, not for general public). With this in place, now Linux applications can run side by side with those of Windows. The focus is on the command-line interface (CLI) which packs unprecedented power when coupled with Windows CLI interface is known as PowerShell, will open new doors for the experienced coders or the world of development in general.

This can be understood via an analogy (you newbies out there). Imagine Loki’s Specter in the hands of Thanos, result? Total annihilation of the human race! Not that I am implying (IN ANYWAY) Ubuntu’s and Windows’ (10 precisely) partnership is bad news, just that I’m trying to make you realize the importance of it. No really, it’s a big deal in the tech world!

HISTORY

Let me take you into a little background of all of it (I’ll keep this interesting), the big WHY of it. Given Microsoft is the market leader and maintained its firm grip on the market share for a long time but ruled the desktop scene in the form of Windows OS. Things started to take a turn for Microsoft with the advent of the World Wide Web. The need for web developers arose who sought server space. It was in that need of hour where Canonical with Ubuntu capitalized the untapped potential. Consequently, Ubuntu proved to be a relatively easier platform to write codes instead of Windows with greater server space and cross-platform support. Naturally, the momentum shifted, and users (in this case, developers) switched to Ubuntu from Windows.

Being the bigger fish of the two, Microsoft wasn’t going to go down without a fight. “Why to leave the niche open and in the hands of her competition to benefit alone?” thought Microsoft. “I mean why not benefit mutually?” said Windows to Ubuntu.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

I have tried to keep the piece simple and did not venture, intentionally, into dev lingo. However, on a concluding note, Microsoft Windows figured out a way on how to create a Linux-like working environment by the name of Wine — a compatibility software (Read more >>>) and hence the dawn of an alliance.

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Razaullah K. Durrani

    07/04/2016 at 7:53 pm

    This article made me cringe. It’s obvious the author has no idea what he’s talking about. I laughed out loud when I read “did not venture, intentionally, into dev lingo.”, It would have been really interesting if he did attempt to. Author needs to look up, among everything else, what Linux really is (not an OS), what ubuntu is (much more than an “open source program”) and what Wine is (Absolutely no relation with ANYTHING in this article, except serving as an example, as used by Microsoft, to explain the product in question. I’ve been a regular user of Wine since the past 3 years).
    Regards,
    A Linux Professional and Enthusiast.

    • Usama A.

      08/04/2016 at 10:34 am

      I think you misunderstood the intent. Assuming you are an expert in this, not everyone is. The article only meant to shed light on the overall coalition that has occurred between two of the biggest names. Links therein are intended for people who wish to explore in detail as to what is what? By “dev lingo”, I implied that there are so many terms and their inclusion in this piece may have complicated matters for the readers in general and not experts like your good self.

      • Razaullah K. Durrani

        08/04/2016 at 11:11 am

        I think you misunderstood my intent. What I’m implying is that this article is factually completely wrong. Calling Linux an OS was not your only mistake. You have made so many mistakes that I actually can count them. To list them or correct them all will require me to rewrite the entire article, so I’ll just link to correct information. The subject matter in question of this article is called “Windows Subsystem for Linux” (WSL) NOT Wine. You can read about it using the reference links of it’s wikipedia page here -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Subsystem_for_Linux
        Your history bit is also completely wrong. Ubuntu is not even the most popular Linux Server Distribution. Checkout RHEL, CentOS, Debian & SLES

        • PakWired

          08/04/2016 at 12:58 pm

          Here is what happened: We get emails every time a comment is posted using Disqus. Two of the comments were marked as spam and we don’t get notification for the same. I had to manually check the spam folder and had to approve it. (Please check the attached image)

          We are for open discussions and we take criticism positively. I apologize if you the felt the article is misleading.

          • Razaullah K. Durrani

            08/04/2016 at 1:08 pm

            Congratulations, I’ll give you guys the benefit of doubt and the chance to redeem yourself in future articles. However, I am aware that my comments were manually marked as spam.

          • PakWired

            08/04/2016 at 1:13 pm

            I am not going to repeat myself for the third time. Thanks for giving us a chance!

      • Razaullah K. Durrani

        08/04/2016 at 11:29 am

        I see you went the mature route of marking my 2nd reply as spam and having it deleted. I wish you good luck on your future endeavors and I pity the poor fools who will be misguided and confused by your article’s misinformation.

        • PakWired

          08/04/2016 at 12:04 pm

          Razaullah K.Durrani: We can guarantee that none of your comments have been moderated/deleted.

          • Razaullah K. Durrani

            08/04/2016 at 12:12 pm

            Really now? http://tinypic.com/r/2nhlu34/9
            Lets see if you delete this one too.

          • Razaullah K. Durrani

            08/04/2016 at 12:37 pm

            What kind of weird setup are you guys running? You spread misinformation then lie, deny any accountability and pretend it didn’t even happen. Wow, you guys really are amateurs. If you guys want to delete anything it should be this article. I’m one of your (I’m sure very few) RSS subscribers and regular readers; Being an online activist, by various alias, I try to promote local businesses and have linked to pakwired’s articles more then a few times on various local and global forums. I truly regret it now, and won’t do so anymore.

            For the last time, Regards,
            Razaullah K. Durrani

          • PakWired

            08/04/2016 at 12:52 pm

            I moderate the comments on the site and I am guaranteeing you that none of your comments have been deleted or moderated. The writer doesn’t have the authorization to do the same!

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