"Whether or not Microsoft Corp. ends up porting its software to
Linux, as a research company suggested last week, the battle
between Windows and Linux on Intel Corp.-compatible hardware could
have at least one positive effect: lower prices for Windows
software, users said.
"Research company Meta Group Inc. last week threw the cat among
the pigeons by suggesting that Microsoft will start porting certain
.Net components and other software--such as the SQL Server
database, Internet Information Services and Exchange--to Linux by
"Meta researchers, in Stamford, Conn., said porting is
inevitable since 'Lintel' (Linux on Intel) platforms will make up
45 percent of server sales by 2007.