Microsoft Open-Sources their WebGL Implementation and Publishes It Own Version of FreeBSD

Posted by at 11:19 am on June 9, 2016

MS loves Open Source

Microsoft has open-sourced a small portion of their Edge web browser. This is the part that binds OpenGL ES 2.0 functionality, implemented atop Direct3D in Edge, to JavaScript for websites to directly interact with the user’s GPU,

Websites can use WebGL to share 3D objects in an interactive way, have interesting backgrounds and decorations, or even render a video game.

This is not an open-source build of Microsoft Edge, though. Microsoft intends for it to be reference, at least for now they say. If you are interested in using or contributing to this project for some reason, their GitHub readme file asks you to contact them.

 

Microsoft has published its own distribution of FreeBSD 10.3 in order to make the OS available and supported in Azure.

Jason Anderson, principal PM manager at Microsoft’s Open Source Technology Center says Redmond “took on the work of building, testing, releasing and maintaining the image” so it could “ensure our customers have an enterprise SLA for their FreeBSD VMs running in Azure”.

Microsoft did so “to remove that burden” from the FreeBSD Foundation, which relies on community contributions.

Redmond is not keeping its work on FreeBSD to itself: Anderson says “the majority of the investments we make at the kernel level to enable network and storage performance were up-streamed into the FreeBSD 10.3 release, so anyone who downloads a FreeBSD 10.3 image from the FreeBSD Foundation will get those investments from Microsoft built in to the OS.”

Code will flow both ways: Anderson says “… our intent is to stay current and make available the latest releases shortly after they are released by the FreeBSD Release Engineering team. We are continuing to make investments to further tune performance on storage, as well as adding new Hyper-V features – stay tuned for more information on this!”

Microsoft says it will support its distribution when run in Azure.

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