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Microsoft hardware initiative threatens Linux servers

Embedded scheme pulls in world's biggest players
Thu Jan 09 2003, 07:53
THERE'S A REPORT in today's Economic News which shows how seriously Microsoft is taking software depredations by Linux on its server software market share.

Enter something called the Asian Incubation Project for Embedded Server Applications - an initiative which has arisen on the quiet and which has already roped in some of the biggest hardware players in the world.

According to the newspaper, players include Asustek, Wistron, Intel, Gigabyte, Hon Hai. Most people will recognise Intel, of course, but the other players are some of the biggest motherboard manufacturers in the world.

The same report mentions Computer Associates, Symantec, Trend and Veritas as joining this initiative as software partners.

So what is this Microsoft cunning plan? The paper quotes Eddie Wu, a senior VP in Asia, as saying that it's a "total solutioN" for servers and embeds server platform technology, server apps software, Windows server OSes and server hardware.

This is a hidden threat for the Linux market which perhaps not many people have got round to noticing yet. µ

 

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