6. Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10
It happened. Hell froze over and Microsoft wrapped its chilly arms around a cynical Linux community uncertain as to its motives. Is it a gesture of love (like they say) or the cynical embrace of a company trying to regain lost relevance?
That’s for you to decide. But one piece of the ‘Microsoft Loves Linux’ puzzle that slotted in to place this year was the arrival of the Windows Subsystem for Linux in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (no, really. It happened).
Is it a little bit sad for Ubuntu that one of its biggest stories of 2016 was its involvement in the Window Subsystem for Linux? Don’t get me wrong, I think it was a nifty thing to happen, but I’m not sure how Ubuntu/Linux benefits? It certainly doesn’t appear to help fix Ubuntu’s bug #1.
Microsoft has a majority market share in the new desktop PC marketplace. This is a bug which Ubuntu and other projects are meant to fix. As the philosophy of the Ubuntu Project states, “Our work is driven by a belief that software should be free and accessible to all.”
Anyhow, it’ll be interesting to see if anything happens with this in 2017.