The new phone book’s here! The new phone book’s here!
–Navin R Johnson (played by Steve Martin)
The Jerk, 1979
I felt a lot like that recently after I had installed CentOS6.4 on a Hyper-V Server 2012. I had “yum updated” the Linux VM before it dawned on me that I had skipped the whole legacy-network-adapter–install-LIC-swap-adapter-for-synthetic dance. When I looked it up, it turns out that this distribution has the HyperV components compiled into the stock kernel.
And that’s not all…
If you make your Hyper-V guest VM with a fixed sized VHD file (the default in Server 2012 is VHDX and dynamically expanding) you can install the Windows Azure Linux Agent and upload the disk to run the VM in the Microsoft Azure cloud. WAAgent is open sourced and available on GitHub.
I might be too old for all this.
I remember the bad version of DOS. (Version 4, although I can’t remember why it was bad other than the 32MB hard disk limit.) I have been using Linux since ’96. I never would have predicted this level of “intermingling”. (Integration hardly seems sufficient to describe it.) It is really as amazing and exciting to me as if my name had just been published in the phonebook for the first time.
(Fans of the movie may remember that a sniper marks Johnson for death based on random selection from the phone book. I don’t know how that fits into my metaphor.)