In a Ubuntu-related story which had all the trappings of an elaborate April Fools prank, both Microsoft and Canonical announced that it will soon be possible to run Ubuntu command line applications on Windows 10. This does not require Ubuntu packages to be recompiled and it does not involve using a virtual machine or software container. Instead the technology involved appears to resemble WINE working in reverse: native Ubuntu applications running on Windows with the help of a compatibility layer. Dustin Kirkland wrote for Canonical: "I imagine some of you - long time Windows and Ubuntu users alike - are still wondering, perhaps, `Why?!?' Having dedicated most of the past two decades of my career to free and open source software, this is an almost surreal endorsement by Microsoft on the importance of open source to developers. Indeed, what a fantastic opportunity to bridge the world of free and open source technology directly into any Windows 10 desktop on the planet. And what a wonderful vector into learning and using more Ubuntu and Linux in public clouds like Azure. From Microsoft's perspective, a variety of surveys and user studies have pointed to bash and Linux tools - very specifically, Ubuntu - be available in Windows, and without resource-heavy full virtualization."
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