I’m quite excited at the Linux love coming from Windows Azure. It's not only cool, but makes a whole lot of sense in this heterogeneous world we live in:
Windows Azure currently supports the following Linux distributions:
You can create a Virtual Machine Running Linux in Azure quite easily from the Image Gallery in the Windows Azure Management Portal. There’s a cool step by step guide here.
This is great, but what if you want to use your own virtual machine from a supported Linux distribution? Not a problem… in Azure its easy to provision! Here’s a helpful little article titled “Creating and Uploading a Virtual Hard Disk that Contains the Linux Operating System” that steps you through here.
Most of my customers run Windows and Linux to do amazing things. Sometimes they use it separately, and sometimes they work together to build something really amazing. Azure is making it easier for us to do so with Linux Support in Azure.
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