The Register: MS Hotmail servers begin switch from FreeBSD to Win2k
Aug 01, 2000, 13:49 (22 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft is gearing up to neutralise one of its biggest
ongoing embarrassments - the fact that its Hotmail service runs on
"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."