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Open source clouds gather over Microsoft

Computer Weekly - The Microsoft Open Technologies subsidiary has announced a public preview of its app store for Windows Azure known as VM Depot.

This programmer resource is hoped to allow developers to construct, deploy and share Linux configurations and create custom-made open source stacks.

Developers can also use this community-driven catalogue of open source virtual machine images for Windows Azure to collaborate and build new architectures.

VM Depot features preconfigured operating systems, applications and development stacks.

Microsoft's intention here is to push more open-source applications forward (running on Linux) as guest inhabitants on the Azure cloud service.