PowerShell becomes open source

PowerShell is an advanced form of command prompt. It is extended with a huge set of ready-to-use cmdlets and comes with the ability to use .NET framework/C# in various scenarios. If you have the skill to write scripts, you can create some very powerful ones to automate Windows. For regular users too, it can be a handy tool to perform administrative and maintenance tasks. It looks like Microsoft has decided to make it open source.

The Redmond giant is going to make PowerShell open source. Several sources indicate this.

As seen in the tweet above, Tom Hounsell and WalkingCat, both well known Windows enthusiasts, spotted the signs of the upcoming change. "PowerShell is an open-sourced, cross platform, scripting language and rich object shell." says the package metadata description.

The github link mentioned in the tweet looks as follows:


But it is not alive yet.

Earlier, Tom Hounsell got a working instance of PowerShell running on Mac OS X and Linux:powershell in kubuntu powershell in mac

What do you think about this move by Microsoft? Do you need PowerShell on Linux or Mac?

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4 thoughts on “PowerShell becomes open source

  1. EBIN

    Well, that is really unexpected.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Yep, definitely.

  2. Bob

    But why? I don’t see any Linux addicts giving a damn, seriously. They don’t care about the Bash shell with outdated components either.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I really see no single reason to have power shell in Linux.
      Bash is already very “power” shell, and zsh beats bash.


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