No, this headline is not a joke!
A decade ago, you probably wouldn’t think of Microsoft when you hear Linux or open source. Just this week, though, Microsoft introduced a public preview of one of their top products, SQL Server, for Linux. The SQL Server v.Next Public Preview is available for free download now.
This article shows you how to run it on Fedora 25, which is due to release next week.
Of course, Fedora already offers several full-featured, free and open source relational SQL databases. Both mariadb, a recent fork of MySQL with active community development, and postgresql are popular worldwide. They’re known for ease of use, features, and stability. But SQL Server has many users as well. This is one more way those users can try new features using Fedora.
This process uses packages Microsoft provides for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. These packages seem to work fine so far in testing on Fedora 25 as well. However, it’s a preview release, so the usual caveats apply.
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