MICROSOFT CONTINUES its Linux love-in with the release of Visual Studio Code as an Ubuntu Snap.
For the uninitiated, Ubuntu Snaps are a form of containerised packages that are capable of working in any Linux environment, on-device, on-premise or in the cloud, without any alteration. They can be updated automatically and are effectively sandboxed, meaning they're extremely secure.
Although created and maintained by Ubuntu, Snaps work across over 40 different Linux distros, including all the major ones like Red Hat, Mint and Suse.
Microsoft's Visual Studio Code is a lightweight code editor with options for creating regular apps as well as cloud and web apps. It includes support for debugging, task running and version control across multiple frameworks. It also has support for a variety of languages.
João Moreno, a software development engineer at Microsoft Visual Studio Code, swooned: "The automatic update functionality of Snaps is a major benefit. It is clear there is a thriving community around Snaps and that it is moving forward at great pace. The backing of Canonical ensures our confidence in its ongoing development and long-term future."
The increasingly close level of cooperation between Microsoft and Linux has been tangible under Satya Nadella's tenure at Microsoft, punctuated by the release of swathes of Microsoft's own source code into the community, which many would have likened a few short years ago as akin to our lord Beelzebub in a pair of snowshoes.
"Visual Studio Code is hugely popular, and it's fantastic that we're able to help it extend its reach into the Linux ecosystem," commented Evan Dandrea, engineering manager at Canonical. "Developers are the lifeblood of Snaps and it is great to see this recognition from Microsoft as they join a host of others who can now provide their users with the latest updates seamlessly, and with assurance of rollbacks and containment."
'Some of us like the misery'
That'll surely affect its credit score