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The Register: Why Microsoft's Open HailStorm promises flatter to deceive

Sep 21, 2001, 19:01 (9 Talkback[s])
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"Readers with long memories will remember the furore when Microsoft documented its Kerberos implementation, and then sent its legal attack dogs round to our friends at Slashdot who hosted postings containing the details of this 'open' implementation.

In short, it's hard to do authorization between a Windows server and a non-Windows server, and that seems to be the way Redmond likes it. Nothing in today's announcements changes this in any way, in fact it confirms the Redmond-centric way of doing business on .NET.

Allison summarizes the politics like this:-

"They're very clever. They know the smallest amount of control they need to leverage monopoly. If you have a server that does authentication and authorization, then you have the equivalent of a Windows Primary Domain Controller, and that's their terror," he says."

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