Microsoft is porting SQL Server to Linux

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Something I thought I’d never see !. An article on ZDNet discussing Microsoft’s plans to make available a private preview of SQL Server for Linux, with plans to make the product generally available by mid-2017.

This is interesting given the original heritage of Microsoft SQL Server and it’s relationship to Sybase which was at the time primarily a Unix based SQL server database system.

The following extract from Wikipedia described it’s origins.

In 1988 Microsoft joined Ashton-Tate and Sybase to create a variant of Sybase SQL Server for IBM OS/2 (then developed jointly with Microsoft), which was released the following year.[5] This was the first version of Microsoft SQL Server, and served as Microsoft’s entry to the enterprise-level database market, competing against Oracle, IBM, and later, Sybase. SQL Server 4.2 was shipped in 1992, bundled with OS/2 version 1.3, followed by version 4.21 for Windows NT, released alongside Windows NT 3.1. SQL Server 6.0 was the first version designed for NT, and did not include any direction from Sybase.

Interesting times indeed in the Microsoft world.


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