[Mono-list] Powershell over Linux

Chris Patti cpatti at gmail.com
Mon Mar 1 13:56:23 EST 2010

On Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 9:07 AM, Miguel de Icaza <miguel at novell.com> wrote:

> Google gives me a project from Sources Forges called PASH, but its seems to
>> be unactive since 2008.
>> Any newes ?
> That is about right;   That project needs a new maintainer that would take
> it forward.
> On the other hand, when I talk to users of PowerShell, it seems that a
> major driver for it is using the Windows management APIs, and none of those
> are implemented in Mono and wont likely be.
> Miguel.

WMI is a big part of it, but the real driver is infrastructure scripting in
general - Windows enterprise apps do a *ton* of systems scripting, mostly
currently in VBScript, that's slowly being replaced by Powershell over
time.  Things like OLE, COM, and WMI don't exist in the *NIX universe, and
are a huge part of what makes Powershell such a win.

That being said, I can definitely see people wanting to have a
Powershell-alike running on their UNIX boxes, executing remoting tasks
parceled out from their Windows servers.

In the mean time, folks might consider looking at some of the solutions
being offered by more traditional scripting languages like Ruby, Python, or

(Major lurker doing enterprise release engineering work in the Windows world
right now.  Installshield is *eeeevil*.  I miss working in UNIX! :)

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