Looking, in particular, at:

PowerShell 6.0 Linux Administration Cookbook Prashanth Jayaram, Ram Iyer November 30, 2018 566 pages

I just want to go in eyes-open, knowing any pitfalls of the impact of using powershell for sysadmin on Linux, particularly with regards to licensing.

Specifically: to what extent is powershell "core" an example of embrace, extend, extinguish?


I'm not fully up to speed on the distinction between .NET core and .NET framework and the licensing -- I only know that "core" is available on Linux. Not asking a technical question, just asking what licensing booby traps are involved with using powershell on Linux.

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    How is this a question about open source? Also, you cited a source but didn't explain what your question about that is with regards to licensing.
    – Brandin
    Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 6:38
  • Given that the forum is "open source" I'm only asking about the open source aspects to powershell: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowerShell
    – Thufir
    Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 7:01
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    So your question is "what licensing booby traps are involved with using powershell on Linux?" I don't see how referencing the title of a book you are using to learn PowerShell is helpful. It does not seem to be related to your question.
    – Brandin
    Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 8:22
  • sigh, well, it's relevant to me -- but I encourage you to edit the question to your satisfaction. Still asking about licensing traps...
    – Thufir
    Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 15:17
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    I think the crux of Brandin's questions is: What leads you to believe that use of powershell as an editor would have any kind of copyright or licensing impact on your system or the other software it runs? I'm not personally familiar with powershell, so I can't answer the question properly, but I do know that, in four decades of working with computers, I have never - not once! - seen nor heard of an editor which asserts that using it to edit a file has any kind of effect on the copyright status of the edited file. Commented Jan 24, 2020 at 8:43

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If you are referring to this project https://github.com/powershell/powershell, then the answers to your two questions are:

Licensing: That project is MIT licensed: https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/blob/master/LICENSE.txt. So far, there has never been any licensing issue with running MIT licensed software on any Linux to my knowledge.

Embrace... : You are apparently asking if Microsoft plans to take over the Linux administration market by publishing Powershell for Linux. I do not think that anyone outside of Microsoft's management would know, and they will probably not tell anyone if they plan something like that.

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