Microsoft LOVES Linux

Microsoft is continuing its love affair with Linux and is working on a port of the much-respected Windows Sysinternals software for Linux. The development was confirmed by a Microsoft executive on Twitter over the weekend.

Microsoft had already announced it has ported the ProcDump applications to Linux. ProcDump is a part of Sysinternals, so it was clear Redmond was preparing something. Mario Hewardt, Principal Program Manager for Azure Diagnostics, says Microsoft is working on bringing the ProcMon Sysinternals utility to Linux.

Hewardt added the ports will further Microsoft’s plans to release the whole Sysinternals package for Linux in the future.

Windows Sysinternals is a suite of free software that provides various services for Windows debugging. First developed independently in 1996, Microsoft acquired the Wininternals software in 2006 and continued development through its own TechNet portal.

Dozens of tools are available in Sysinternals, all designed to enhance CPU debugging capabilities and memory performance. Among the abilities in the suite are formatting hard drives, network debugging, log analysis, file integrity tests, local processing, and much more.

A favorite amongst administrators, the future integration on Linux will be pleasing to fans of the open-source platform.

Embracing Linux

As well as the good news of Windows Sysinternals making in-roads on Linux, this news highlights again Microsoft’s ever-growing integration with open source.

In recent years, Microsoft changed its position on Linux. Once market enemies, Microsoft has recently embraced open source with multiple product integrations on Linux.

Over the last year, Microsoft has released Ubuntu to the Windows Store for Windows 10. Other services getting the Linux treatment are Azure App Services, Office 2016, Skype, PowerShell, and more.