Linux Gains Windows Muscle

“Of all the accusations Microsoft has levelled over the years
against open source, perhaps the least contentious is that it lacks
the tight integration offered by Microsoft’s own products. As Nick
McGrath, director of platform strategy for Microsoft in the United
Kingdom, puts it: ‘One of the problems I’ve seen with open source
software is it doesn’t take on board some of the issues that
customers have around interoperability and integration. Open source
projects tend to offer a very specific point solution.’

“That may have been largely true in the past, but one of the
most important recent developments in the open source world is the
rise of integrated open source enterprise stacks. Many run on
Windows, too, so they offer the Microsoft IT community a range of
interesting–and free–alternatives to traditional


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