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Microsoft prepares Linux war

Who do you think you are kidding Mr Ballmer?
Wed May 26 2004, 08:45
THE SOFTWARE COLOSSUS which bestrides the Solar System, Microsoft, is apparently designing a secret weapon to take out Linux.

Its cunning plan is to produce a version of Windows for high performance computing called the Windows Server HPC Edition.

According to Eweek, Vole boffins are hatching the scheme in smoky filled rooms as we speak.

The normally forthcoming Redmond Giant's massive PR machine has been surprisingly quiet about its plans. While a rep did not tell Eweek hacks that the server was being created to see off Linux, she did admit that Microsoft was considering moving into high-performance servers.

It was hard not make such a confession. Eweek hacks happened to have the job ads in which Microsoft wanted more experts to join its team of boffins on the project.

However she added there was nothing to see here yet and hacks should move along please.

The SpokesVole even suggested that the plan was not really a anti-Linux secret weapon at all, but more of a replacement for Windows Server Datacenter product or even a complement to it.

Right now, the HPC market is dominated by Linux and Unix. Half of the top ten fastest supercomputers run Linux and two of the top 100 supercomputers run Microsoft software. µ


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