PowerShell on Linux: Not Just Windows Anymore

ipswitchOn Aug. 18, Jeffrey Snover finally got his wish. It was a wish that we in the PowerShell community knew was eventually coming judging from his tongue-in-cheek responses when asked about it for many months. Windows PowerShell was renamed simply to PowerShell because Windows was no longer its only supported operating system. It was now available on Linux and Mac OS X and, even better, it was completely open source, meaning that anyone could contribute directly to the project from a Github repository. Many people asked, “PowerShell on Linux? What’s next, flying pigs?”

It was, in Snover’s words, the greatest moment for PowerShell since 1.0 was introduced. So what’s the big deal anyway? Linux and OS X users have long had similar shells and scripting languages like Bash, Python, Perl and others. What was so important about PowerShell coming to Linux and how does this affect Linux administrators?

To truly see how big of a deal this is, and how much this isn’t your father’s Microsoft, you need to understand Microsoft’s long-standing opinion of Linux. Historically, Windows and Linux have been mortal enemies, evidenced by Steve Ballmer’s controversial statement back in 2001 that “Linux is a cancer.”

Times Are Changing

When Satya Nadella was elected CEO of Microsoft in 2014, he set the Microsoft mother ship on a decidedly different course, accepting Linux not as a competitor but rather as just another tool that Microsoft’s customers use. After all, an Azure virtual machine running Linux pays exactly the same amount as one running Windows…

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Adam Bertram

Adam Bertram

Chief Automator at Adam the Automator, LLC
Adam Bertram is an independent consultant, technical writer, trainer and presenter. Adam specializes in consulting and evangelizing all things IT automation mainly focused around Windows PowerShell. Adam is a Microsoft Windows PowerShell MVP, 2015 powershell.org PowerShell hero and has numerous Microsoft IT pro certifications. He authors IT pro course content for Pluralsight, is a regular contributor to numerous print and online publications and presents at various user groups and conferences.You can find Adam here on the blog or on Twitter at @adbertram.
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