Microsoft announced today that the forthcoming SQL Server 2016 version won’t just run on Linux – it will only run on Linux.
“When we started developing the Linux port of SQL Server, we weren’t really serious about it at all,” confessed Mark Souza, lead documentation author for the project. “But after a couple of weeks, we realized how good Linux really was. No stupid registry keys? No system state backup hassles? We could just edit text files for configuration? Suddenly, all of the developers wanted onto this project.”
Lower patch overhead was just the tip of the iceberg, reported Microsoft’s Jen Moser, lead developer. “We thought Windows Core would be the answer to less patching, but it turned out those sloppy Windows guys still shipped bug fixes every freakin’ month. We had to go to Linux to get better stability. And then next thing you know, we were getting smokin’ fast benchmark numbers too.”
Support for previous versions of SQL Server running on Windows will continue through 2024, per SQLServerUpdates.com, giving companies plenty of time to plan their Linux deployments.