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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
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
There are *still* only Hotmail's front edge servers runing
Windows 2K. The rest of infrastructure, like:
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)??
Full-Disclosure - We believe in it.
- Why Microsoft Hotmail.com runs on U**x? Vizzy (Mar 17)