’m installing Ubuntu 16 on a Hyper-V VM. I’ll be using a generation 1 Hyper-V VM as I’ve had much better luck installing Linux VMs on these. I’ve had boot and performance issues with Linux on Generation 2 VMs.
After installing Ubuntu I followed the instructions in the SQL Server Linux documentation and recorded my progress below.
For Ubuntu we need to register the SQL Server repository before we can use the apt-get package manager to download and install SQL Server.
This step-by-step walkthrough shows that installing SQL Server on Linux is pretty easy: it’s just a single package (RPM or DEB depending upon your flavor of Linux).