Skepticism and indifference: Powershell is open sourced.

Another strategy adjustment by microsoft that seems so out of character compared to their precedent of appaulingly vile hostility, but it sure will make managing windows servers easier, VMs and other bulky abstraction layers no longer required. Very excited about what this will mean for SaltStack. Nadella, yet again steering a course away from the delinquent failure spree championed for years by ‘9 year old with ADHD’ fuckwit adult-baby Steve Bullmer.

With that said, I couldn’t have summarised things any better than Maruo Santos who said this on the Arch Linux mailing list:

Given that it comes from Microsoft they must have some agenda to fulfill, I’d rather not touch this even with a 10 foot pole, just like I try to stay away for other MS products as much as I can. The AUR is where it should stay, but even then they can spin it as PR fodder just like canonical spun snappy coming to Arch Linux. (*)

Make no mistake, they are after profits and do whatever it takes to keep the money flowing, all their friendliness to linux and open source is tainted with patent attacks behind the curtain. The next time the leadership changes there is no guarantee that this new found friendliness isn’t going to change.