Microsoft to 'open the doors' of Linux labs

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Shane, Apr 6, 2006.

  1. Shane

    Shane Guest

    This was posted on a Linux mailing list I am subscribed to
    http://news.com.com/2100-7252_3-6058196.html?part=rss&tag=6058196&subj=news
    Microsoft plans to launch a Web site to share the activities of its internal
    Linux laboratories, an effort to sample feedback from customers who combine
    Microsoft and open-source software.

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    According to some peoples *poor* definition this would mean an admission
    that Microsoft views Linux applications as superior than their own
     
    Shane, Apr 6, 2006
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  2. Shane

    Steven H Guest

    Steven H, Apr 7, 2006
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  3. Shane

    Shane Guest

    Indeed, Ive concentrated on
    http://port25.technet.com/archive/2006/03/31/14.aspx
    and I think the fourth paragraph
    "Contrary to the belief that Microsoft is anti-open source, the reality is
    not so black-and-white,†says Hilf. “Most customers don’t live in an
    either/or world, nor do they choose a technology based on its development
    model. Instead, they choose a technology based on its ability to serve a
    business need or solve a particular problem. By running open source
    software in a Windows environment, we’re learning how those technologies
    can work better together so that our customers can benefit from a broader
    range of choices."

    Shows Microsoft is merely adapting to what it views are the markets
    wants/needs
    It also shows Microsoft takes Linux in particular seriously,
    "One recent example is the work the lab did for the Microsoft Windows
    Compute Cluster Server 2003, which the company announced in late 2005 as
    part of its entrance into the high performance computing (HPC) market.
    Today, that market is largely dominated by Linux"

    Theres some claim about Microsoft looking for interoperability, although
    someone has placed a comment that makes a very good point at the bottom of
    the page
    "Why did XP SP1 break compatibility with Samba?"

    For my 2 cents, this just shows Microsoft adapting to a market it desires,
    currently dominated by Linux, with the view (obviously) of dominating that
    market itself eventually.
    The one thing that Linux (or any OSS for that matter) offers over the
    current products available from Microsoft (and this is important in the
    target arena) is customisability(eng?) Its not a big issue to have several
    specialist programmers on staff customising everything from the top down
    specifically for that company's needs (Look at Google.com)
     
    Shane, Apr 7, 2006
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  4. I assume Xtra customers will be unable to access this.
     
    Mark Robinson, Apr 7, 2006
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