sorry for my english (i'm italian), but i have a thought in my head and i need to share it with someone.
Feel free to move this discussion if you think this is the wrong place to speak about this argument.
I'm musing about the sense of this SQL Server porting.
Assuming a reliable and common sensed SQL Server is expected to cover the task of database server and no more (no web server etc.), i can't see where is the gain in running at the top of Linux.
I can see only one advantage: Linux is free (at least until you don't need a subscription like RedHat one).
But we are speaking about a few hundred dollars of investments for the OS compared to the much higher SQL licensing costs.
And, well, Microsoft would have saved a lot of investments for this development just giving for free a Windows Server corresponding license bundled with SQL Server.
And what about the headaches?
Nobody has already mentioned the compatibility between the two versions but i bet is not an easy street.
For example, are we sure the SSIS packets developed for Windows version can run on Linux out-of-the-box?
And what about the Oledb drivers? Sometimes are developed by 3rd parties and a porting is not granted.
I think we are only putting ourseves in trouble for free.