Microsoft demonstrated its deep and meaningful affection for all things penguin overnight by borking
packages.microsoft.com and leaving some Linux fans bereft of the company's wares.
For some of the hardcore, an absence of Microsoft software on their fiercely open-source setups might not be such a bad thing. For others, however, getting a
404 from an
apt-get is a major workflow blocker.
ODBC packages were also borked, as well as the package link for Visual Studio Code and even poor old Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft has yet to respond to our request for more information, although a software engineer at the Windows behemoth, Rahul Bhandari, posted on GitHub: "Our infra team is still working to resolve this issue. They ran into some space issues but this issue should be resolved quickly. Unfortunately, I do not have an ETA yet."
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- Linux 5.13 hits rc5, isn't yet calm, Linus Torvalds is only mildly perturbed
If only Microsoft had some super-scalable cloud in which it could stash data. Something that could expand to meet the needs of users. Or just an AWS S3 bucket, if not.
The problems appear to be centred around Debian packages on
packages.microsoft.com. Some users have reported success using Snap to install .NET while others have spotted the missing packages by using a VPN to connect to a different regional endpoint.
The latter hints to us that maybe there is something amiss with how mirroring has been configured, although we can't imagine Microsoft making a configuration change to its servers that leads to borkage.
For now, however, things remain a little poorly, as it was for us when we tried a tentative
apt-get on a sacrificial Ubuntu setup.
We will update this piece should Linux-loving Microsoft get back to us. ®
*Tottering Infrastructure To Scupper User Programming