Microsoft has created its own edition of FreeBSD 10.3 in order to make the OS available and supported in Azure.

As Jason Anderson, principal PM manager at Microsoft’s Open Source Technology Center says, “Redmond took on the work of building, testing, releasing and maintaining the image” so it could “ensure our customers have an enterprise SLA for their FreeBSD VMs running in Azure”.FreeBSD

Also, Anderson says “the majority of the investments we make at the kernel level to enable network and storage performance were up-streamed into the FreeBSD 10.3 release, so anyone who downloads a FreeBSD 10.3 image from the FreeBSD Foundation will get those investments from Microsoft built in to the OS.”

The distribution is said to be supported by Microsoft when run in Azure.

The idea behind the release is that FreeBSD is used by many software vendors as the OS for software appliances. That made Microsoft decide to ensure FreeBSD could run as a guest OS under Hyper-V. Even though in the past Microsoft has allowed custom FreeBSDs to run as cloudy VMs, now they have decided it has to be something more predictable for Azure.

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