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!
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.
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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