Dustin Kirkland was the main man on the Canonical side who drove this. I caught up with Dustin at the OpenStack summit to learn more about this seemingly strange move by Microsoft.
Take a listen:
Some of the ground Dustin covers
- Ubuntu and Azure and the Microsoft partnership
- Microsoft approached Canonical about bringing Ubuntu to the Windows desktop (looking to attract developers using Linux)
- The Microsoft kernel team has built the Windows subsystem for Linux – Translates Linux systems calls to Windows system calls – Canonical asked to deliver the userspace
- When users type bash they end up in an environment which is essentially Ubuntu minus the kernel
- The reactions to this move from the various constituents