This is a huge deal. SQL Server is widely known and used in the IT world. Many people know it and it sits at the core of many corporate data processes. The offer of SQL Server for Linux positions it squarely as an alternative to Oracle and a competitive offering to many other data platforms. This signals Microsoft’s transition to Linux more than any other as SQL Server is one of the crown jewels of the Microsoft estate. A version of Visual Studio already runs on Linux. Now, with the cross-platform Xamarin, the stage is almost set for Microsoft to return full circle in their original strategy with Xenix decades ago. Linux makes it possible.