Only a few years ago it would have been unthinkable to see Microsoft embrace Linux, with their former CEO Steve Ballmer calling Linux a cancer and the commotion created by the introduction of Secure Boot that could have locked out Linux from booting on PCs. However, over the course of the last few years, that harsh course has changed, with the new CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, stating that Microsoft loves Linux.
In an effort to further this positive trend, Microsoft has announced that it's offering a certification for those that master Linux on its Azure platform, which has been dubbed as the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Linux on Azure certification, which has been made available starting today.
To earn this certificate, you need to pass both an exam from Microsoft, exam 70-533, Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions, as well as the Linux Foundation's Certified System Administrator (LFCS) certification, which when all added up totals to around $ 750.
While this might look like a big turn-around, Microsoft has started to embrace Linux more and more over the last few years, adding better support for Linux on it's Azure platform, while also releasing software for the operating system and even joining the R Consortium started by the Linux Foundation. To top it all off, Microsoft also released it's own Linux-based distribution called Azure Cloud Switch, which is intended to run on top of network appliances.
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