What Is ChakraCore?
Why open sourcing Chakra engine is a big step?
When Chakra was in its early development phase, its biggest consumers were the browsers. Since then, it has been extensively developed and now it powers scenarios ranging from cloud-based services, server applications, and Internet of Things. Over the time, it has also powered Outlook.com, Azure Document BB, and Cortana.
Due to the availability under an MIT license, Chakra offers great flexibility allowing you to play with the code in a more independent way.
Hinting on the possibility of a future Windows 7 compatible Edge browser, Microsoft said that ChakraCore can be built on Windows 7 SP1 and above.
ChakraCore and Linux:
Redmond also said that ChakraCore will be eventually ported to Linux. “We are committed to bringing it to other platforms, starting with Linux, and will keep the roadmap updated with details and status updates as we make progress,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post.
As a result, Microsoft expects to release “an implementation of ChakraCore interpreter and runtime, no JIT, on x64 Ubuntu Linux 15.10” by June 2016.