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Techworld: Microsoft Prepares to Kill Linux with Different Windows Flavours

Oct 05, 2004, 16:00 (33 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Niccolai)

"Microsoft is developing versions of Windows with only a subset of its code base, designed for specific server tasks. The intention is to reduce maintenance costs and create products that are less vulnerable to attack, and so tackle head-on the threat posed by Linux.

"The new 'role-based' products may appear in 2007, when the server version of Longhorn is scheduled for release. Offering a smaller code base would mark a significant technical shift for Microsoft and could help address the competitive threat posed by Linux. But it also presents significant engineering challenges for the company, industry analysts said..."

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