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Microsoft plans to build more Unix features into future vers





chirag
Microsoft plans to build more Unix features into future versions of its Windows Server operating system and cease work on its separate Services For Unix product.

Historically, Microsoft has provided, in a package known as Services For Unix, software tools to help companies integrate their Windows and Unix machines. At one time, the software giant charged for Services For Unix, but early last year the company made the tools free for Windows customers.

Microsoft plans to include some of those features in Windows Server 2003 R2, an update to the server OS due at the end of this year. At the same time, the company said it is not planning any further releases of the standalone Services For Unix product.

Samm DiStasio, a director in the Windows Server unit, said Microsoft has done more than just add a few components of SFU onto the Windows Server disks, noting that the company has done significant work to more deeply integrate the features with the operating system.

"It's not a bundling thing," he said.

In particular, DiStasio said that with R2, there is a new architecture for allowing applications to run on Windows, making use of both Windows and Unix programming interfaces.

DiStasio said the plan is to build Unix tools into releases beyond R2 as well, but he did not rule out that there might be some tools offered separate from the OS.

As was the case with SFU, DiStasio said, the goal is to support customers with mixed Windows and Unix setups as well as those looking to bring their Unix programs onto Windows.

"I think it gives them the tools to do that (migrate to Windows) and to coexist, if they think that is their endgame," DiStasio said.

Michael Cherry, an analyst with research firm Directions on Microsoft said that moving the Unix services into the core operating system helps the company as it looks to make tasks like identity management common across Windows and non-Windows machines. "There are pieces of it that they want to be just readily available in the OS," Cherry said.

And though the basic purpose of having Unix services is the same--to help make Windows work in mixed computing worlds--some of the needs of customers are shifting. "Initially it was about converting (proprietary) Unix to Windows," he said. "It is transitioning a lot into coexistence with Linux."
mohamed
The mac osx is built upon linux so this isn't too wrong. They are probably countering problems with compatibility in languges and other support nd the general understanding of Linux being better server in the ommunity. By dissolving the features and blurring the line, they might get better sales on their servers.
wistom
so that the microsoft server can become more i think.
orno
hmph...heres another thread withoug quotes or sources

anyways, since i find this one interesting, heres the link: http://news.com.com/Microsoft+makes+Unix+changes/2100-1016_3-5845790.html

"It is transitioning a lot into coexistence with Linux."
Microsoft and co-existence???

LOL Laughing
Harrowed
mohamed wrote:
The mac osx is built upon linux so this isn't too wrong. They are probably countering problems with compatibility in languges and other support nd the general understanding of Linux being better server in the ommunity. By dissolving the features and blurring the line, they might get better sales on their servers.


Mac OSX's on Linux yes, but then you look at what else it's doing, like changing it's CPU architecture over to Intel.. So only Mac machines can dual-boot Mac OSX & Windows Smile

Should be fun though Smile
RosenCruz
İf this is true nothing will be the same again...I cant believe Microsoft stops being a trost ...
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