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The Register: MS Hotmail servers begin switch from FreeBSD to Win2k

Aug 01, 2000, 13:49 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"Microsoft is gearing up to neutralise one of its biggest ongoing embarrassments - the fact that its Hotmail service runs on FreeBSD/Apache."

"Having people point and laugh because you're running Solaris, Linux, FreeBSD or whatever is what you might call an acquisitional hazard for Microsoft. As the company grows the MSN empire by buying up services, it inevitably ends up owning sites that don't run on Microsoft code. Netcraft's July stats ram home the statistical inevitability of this, showing Apache with 62.81 per cent of the market (up a little) and Microsoft IIS with 19.86 per cent (down a little)."

"The Unix tribe provide the platforms of choice for the Web, and although Microsoft is determined to break this, it's not having much success. ... At the moment, Netcraft says that only 5-10 per cent of Hotmail requests are being served by the Win2k boxes... Microsoft also owns LinkExchange, another major FreeBSD site."

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