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InfoWorld: Microsoft's Allchin backs all-inclusive OS strategy

Feb 06, 2000, 05:48 (24 Talkback[s])
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"InfoWorld: Right now, the majority of dot-coms and ISVs seem to be leaning toward Linux and Solaris. How will Windows 2000 change their minds?"

Allchin: Linux is this 'handyman's special' operating system. You can tinker with it, and maybe the house won't be so straight when you're done but it feels good pounding the nails in when you're building it. For small and maybe even embedded systems, it's a system that is competitive. I think that there's nothing in Linux in the e-commerce space if you're going to run a reasonable-size business on it that somebody's going to consider it...."

"InfoWorld: Some of your competitors would argue that there's so much going into the OS, any one piece that breaks will have a disastrous effect across the board, and that putting everything into the operating system is inherently a bad design.

Allchin: And if you didn't have all of the technology we have, what would you say? Exactly what they're saying. Of course the system's modular. Linux is a 30-year-old architecture. [It doesn't] even have asynchronous I/O, for heaven's sake. [Its] SMP [symmetric multiprocessing] is terrible. It's not about being modular; this is about integration and making it easier for customers. I'm a hard-core believer that by integrating things together, things get simpler."

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