"A number of people were taken aback when a variety of Microsoft
Web sites, including the main microsoft.com site, temporarily
disappeared last week. After all, here is a company trying to
convince the corporate sector that it has what it takes to support
mission-critical business applications on the Web."
"Whatever the cause of the original problem, it did reignite a
debate that rages constantly in the world of the computer geeks: If
a company can't keep its own Web properties up and running, how can
it hope to convince others?"
"That debate goes to the heart of one hidden truth of the
Internet: The vast majority of hard-core computer geeks don't
use the Microsoft product for their Internet servers and other
infrastructure. They use a variety of open-source software, all of
which is developed on-line through a sort of global community
effort -- and all of which is available for free."