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Microsoft use Debian to host their Linux repository

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:59 pm
by compact-mac
An interesting find from the other day.

I noticed that Microsoft have an APT package repository and saw this at the root index: Nginx default install page.

It seems that they are using Debian and Nginx to host their Linux package repository! I would have expected them to use IIS to make a point that Windows and Linux can coexist and support each other happily. Perhaps I should email them to get on that! *hehe*

Re: Microsoft use Debian to host their Linux repository

Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:19 pm
by Stannieman
Or it is Windows but it tells you it's Debian. This is sometimes done to mislead hackers.

But yeah, most likely it is indeed Debian.

Re: Microsoft use Debian to host their Linux repository

Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:24 am
by rbshep
It probably actually is a Debian userland, but running under Hyper-V (the kernel might be their own a la WSL). I believe that's how they host Linux VPS's on their Azure cloud.

Does anyone really bother to change headers and default error pages these days?

Re: Microsoft use Debian to host their Linux repository

Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:59 pm
by compact-mac
rbshep wrote:It probably actually is a Debian userland, but running under Hyper-V (the kernel might be their own a la WSL). I believe that's how they host Linux VPS's on their Azure cloud.
Yeah Azure is Windows-based, as you'd expect. It uses a customised Hyper-V instance to virtualise Linux. So this being on their own cloud is probably a good guess. If we knew the range of static IPv4 addresses allocated to Azure, this hypothesis could be confirmed.
rbshep wrote:Does anyone really bother to change headers and default error pages these days?
If they had a sense of humour they'd change it to one of those old IE "The page cannot be displayed" screens.