Microsoft recently announced the availability of Clear Linux* OS for Intel Architecture in the Azure Marketplace. Clear Linux OS is a free, open source Linux distribution built from the ground up for cloud and data center environments and tuned to maximize the performance and value of Intel architecture.

Microsoft Azure is the first public cloud provider to offer Clear Linux and is available in the Azure Marketplace now. “The availability of Clear Linux in Azure Marketplace adds more open source options to the portfolio of teams and organizations that are looking to accelerate business value and increase agility in the cloud,” wrote Jose Miguel Parrella, Microsoft Product Manager, Open Source. “It’s a testament to our continued focus on great experiences for Linux users in the hybrid cloud.”

For more on this announcement, check out the Azure blog.