back to article Microsoft Azure adds OpenBSD support. Repeat. Azure adds OpenBSD support.

Microsoft has extended BSD support in Azure. The company added a FreeBSD 10.3 VM to the Azure marketplace last year, after building and testing an image so that users could feel confident the OS would be officially welcomed and run well in the Redmondian cloud. Now it's added support for OpenBSD 6.1 after collaborating with …

  1. Christian Berger Silver badge

    Well they want to be competitive...

    ... and seriously with SystemD, many people want to move to BSD... though it's unclear if they then want to go to Azure. In any case, OpenBSD gives them more potential customers than it costs them to make.

    1. Walter Bishop Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Re: Well they want to be competitive...

      "it's unclear if they then want to go to Azure"

      Running BSD on top of Azure on a software defined network is obviously more stable and secure than running BSD on its own hardware in a server farm. <sarcasm>

  2. moiety

    Shirly running a secure OS on top of Azure totally nullifies the point?

    1. hplasm Silver badge
      Mushroom

      Failure of containment field!

      Don't let them mix!

      Aieee!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "Shirly running a secure OS on top of Azure totally nullifies the point?"

      Hyper-V has a better security record than any other commonly used hypervisor option, so no.

  3. kryptylomese

    Microsoft is Dying

    If they a re not innovating then they will simply disappear (thankfully)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Microsoft is Dying

      "Microsoft is Dying"

      And this is the year of the Linux desktop.

      Year in , year out we hear the same desperate messages.....

      1. hplasm Silver badge
        Gimp

        Re: Microsoft is Dying

        "Year in , year out we hear the same desperate messages....."

        ...Upgrade to Windows 10!!

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Microsoft is Dying

          "Upgrade to Windows 10!!"

          And the corporates are - in droves!

          1. hplasm Silver badge
            Windows

            Re: Microsoft is Dying

            "And the corporates are - in droves!"

            The value of the 'drove' has fallen dramatically, it seems.

            1. Nolveys Silver badge
              Windows

              Re: Microsoft is Dying

              @hplasm

              "Drove" is American slang for a cage mounted on a trailer.

      2. kryptylomese

        Re: Microsoft is Dying

        "And this is the year of the Linux desktop."

        Well it sure ain't the year of Windows Server anymore now is it? And Azure is not commonly used to host Desktop editions of anything including Windows.....

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        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Microsoft is Dying

          "Well it sure ain't the year of Windows Server anymore now is it?"

          Windows Server market share and install base is still growing though.

  4. Hans 1 Silver badge
    Meh

    WTF

    1. takes brains to use OpenBSD

    2. takes brains to RULE OUT Azure

    Those with enough brain-power to think OpenBSD is good will have enough brain-power to realize Azure sucks ....

  5. bobajob12 Bronze badge
    Coat

    Someone called the cops in Calgary

    They heard a loud bang coming from a young man's house. Turns out, it was Theo deRaadt's head exploding when he read the news.

  6. Brian Miller Silver badge

    But, why?

    Who is the customer for this? Who would be wanting to use OpenBSD, but within the Azure cloud?

    1. P. Lee Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Re: But, why?

      >Who is the customer for this?

      Potential cloud end-users with onsite appliances.

      "Look! We can host all your IT - we have VM versions of all your appliances, you can just boot everything up to our cloud."

      "Then we'll offer you a free Windows firewall."

      "Then we'll make you pay for a Windows firewall." Ooops, did I say that out loud?

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: But, why?

      "Who would be wanting to use OpenBSD, but within the Azure cloud?"

      Anyone who wants to run OpenBSD in the cloud? Most large companies are looking at Azure or using it.

  7. Walter Bishop Silver badge
    Big Brother

    Microsoft has extended BSD support in Azure.

    What ever happened to the decentralized Internet. What is the point of running BSD in the Redmondian cloud. Don't bother answering, that's a rhetorical question. Or the logic of running a firewall in the Redmondian cloud. I mean anyone who has control of the underlying cloud platform could bypass security.

    1. P. Lee Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Re: Microsoft has extended BSD support in Azure.

      Upvoted... who knows why you got downvoted?

      The problem isn't just with MS though. AWS a larger problem purely because it has been far more successful.

      I've heard AWS people say that when they have a problem, a third of all web-sites are affected.

      That is stupidly concentrated IT. We are pretty much at the stage of "if one company fails, we are all in trouble."

      The internet was designed to be a dumb network with smart end-points (the opposite to the telephone network) but the vendors are rushing back to the IBM mainframe model because that is far more lucrative. We may as well bring back SNA.

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