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NewsFactor: Microsoft's Friendly Foes?

Aug 27, 2003, 20:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vincent Ryan)


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"Microsoft is certainly eager to do battle with proprietors of the Linux operating system, but is it ready to take on its hardware partners in the server space? It is a question that has to be asked. Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and others are increasing platform support for Linux server software and, in some instances, have more boxes that run Linux than run Windows.

"It is certainly not new for an OEM to offer competing OSes on its servers, but the ferocity of the Windows-Linux server battle requires both parties to seek the upper hand wherever they can.

"Are major hardware vendors souring on Windows and putting more effort into supporting Linux servers? Is support of Linux hurting their relationships with Microsoft? Overtly, no. But the Linux siege does give OEMs some new leverage in their dealings with Microsoft. Indeed, it is hard not to believe that behind the scenes, some OEMs are rooting for Linux to blast Microsoft off the map..."

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