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Microsoft's magic bullet for Azure: Red Hat Linux

The Register - If Microsoft loves money, and it does, then making Linux publicly available on its proprietary Azure cloud can't come soon enough.

Last June Microsoft ran a build of Linux on its Windows Azure compute fabric in the labs of the Server and Tools division, which is responsible for its cloud.

What flavour of Linux? Red Hat, sources close to the company now tell The Reg.

That's a critical pick given North Carolina's favourite brand of Linux continues to reign as the market's number-one distro and is a preferred choice for Windows shops when going Linux.