How does SQL 2017 work on Linux?

One of SQL 2017’s major new features is the ability to run on Linux in addition to the traditional Windows installation. This raises a number of questions:

  • How did Microsoft get SQL to work on a non-Windows platform?
  • What are the limitations – if any – of running Microsoft SQL on a non-Windows platform?
  • Are Microsoft SQL Editions and Licensing the same for Linux?
  • How do I install Microsoft SQL on Linux?

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