SSH is a great technology. It has been for years.“the PowerShell team realized the best option will be for our team to adopt an industry proven solution while providing tight integration with Windows; a solution that Microsoft will deliver in Windows while working closely with subject matter experts across the planet to build it. Based on these goals, Iâ€™m pleased to announce that the PowerShell team will support and contribute to the OpenSSH community”
See Looking Forward: Microsoft Support for Secure Shell (SSH) It was one of the first tools I used on GNU/Linux when I became a computer-teacher and had 30 client machines and a server in one room. SSH allowed me to treat all those machines as one. Beautiful idea. Chuckle, I do remember getting lost once and shutting down the wrong machine. Virtual reality can be really confusing especially to a newbie as I was. Since then I’ve SSHed into hundreds of machines or connected their file-systems or sent them commands. SSH is a force-multiplier.
Well, imagine my surprise when I read that M$ was going to adopt this technology after so many years of war against FLOSS and GNU/Linux. I think Wintel is too weak to continue to use “embrace, extend, extinguish” these days, so this is M$ accepting the reality that M$ is not the one true road to IT. It’s about time. Imagine how the world of IT would have advanced back in the 1990s if, along with or instead of NT, M$ had properly embraced FLOSS and GNU/Linux. As late as 2008, I tried to install OpenSSH on dual-booting clients. To get it on That Other OS, I had to install Cygwin which was a royal pain… Oh, well, that’s water under the bridge. The future is much brighter than those Dark Ages.