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Why Microsoft Hotmail.com runs on U**x?
From: Vizzy <vizzy () freemail hu>
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 13:33:36 +0000

hiho full-disclosure!

Microsoft Hotmail still runs on U**x
By Andrew Orlowski
Posted: 12/12/2001 at 13:51 GMT

Microsoft  admits  it  still  hasn't  upgraded its Hotmail system to
Windows,  almost four years after embarking on the task, and fifteen
months  after  the first load balancing machines began to be shifted
to Windows 2000 from FreeBSD.

The snippet emerged in the latest pissing contest between Oracle and
Microsoft,  the  details  of  which  are too boring to go into here,
because you've heard them so many times before.

But  a Microsoft spokesperson told Reuters yesterday that Hotmail is
the  only Microsoft system that runs on U**x, and that the migration
is  still  in  progress.  A check with Netcraft shows that Hotmail's
front  edge  servers  do  indeed  run Windows 2000, so Microsoft can
faithfully  claim  that  the  "web  site  runs  Windows",  as it did
yesterday.  But  the  infrastructure is still stored on BSD kit. How
much  we're  not  sure, but when we receive hard numbers, we'll tell
you.


...
Year 2004.

There are *still* only Hotmail's front edge servers runing
Windows 2K. The rest of infrastructure, like:
bay8-u6.bay8.hotmail.com
bay8-u7.bay8.hotmail.com
bay8-u8.bay8.hotmail.com
....
etc..
all on unix.

So why the Giant believes Windows is not suitable for some tasks but
trys to convince world in the same time to use Win for all server
needs (under such heavy marketing)??

-- 
have phun,
 Vizzy    

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