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Two on META's Microsoft-to-Linux Prediction

Dec 11, 2002, 14:30 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox, Andrew Orlowski, Stephen Shankland)

CNET News: Analysts: Microsoft Feels Tug of Linux

"The software titan, which has no love for Linux technology and its open-source philosophical underpinnings, quickly dashed cold water on the report.

"'Microsoft will not be engineering server software expressly for Linux, and continues to make its strategic bets on the Windows platform,' Peter Houston, senior director of Windows Server Strategies, said in a statement.

"But the rapid spread of Linux could force Microsoft's hand, said Meta analysts.

"'We think Linux server stuff is going to be huge, and we don't think that's something Microsoft can walk away from,' said Meta Group analyst Dale Kutnick. 'We think Microsoft will (support Linux) because there are powerful economics. Microsoft is an economically driven company.'

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The Register: MS Un-denial Leaves Linux Option Open

"'Microsoft will not be engineering server software expressly for Linux,' was the official line from Peter Houston, a senior director at Microsoft's server business.

"Which leaves several options un-denied, if you like. One is that since .NET's common language infrastructure (CLI) has already ported to FreeBSD, Microsoft doesn't need to be doing any engineering 'expressly for Linux.' .NET contains a PAL, or 'Platform Adaptation Layer', and UNIX build environment and toolchain.

"The second, rather more obvious option, is that even if Microsoft isn't doing the engineering itself, it might be supporting someone else who is..."

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Reuters: META Predicts Microsoft Will Offer Linux Software(Dec 10, 2002)