[LINK] Giving ground on Linux

brd at iimetro.com.au brd at iimetro.com.au
Wed Jul 19 10:16:22 AEST 2006

Giving ground on Linux
Correspondents in San Francisco
JULY 19, 2006
The Australian

MICROSOFT has teamed with XenSource to allow computers to run Linux and the next
version of Windows Server at the same time.

In the latest sign that it is dropping its resistance to Linux, Microsoft teamed
with XenSource to compete with VMware, currently the largest supplier of
virtualisation software.

VMware is a unit of EMC and helped pioneer the market in which computers can be
used to simultaneously run multiple operating systems.

Microsoft and XenSource said in a joint statement that they would co-operate on
the development of technology that made their virtualisation software packages
work side-by-side on the same computer.

As a result of the collaboration, the next version of Windows Server, code-named
"Longhorn," will provide customers with a virtualisation system that promises to
help run both Windows and Linux on the same machine more cost-effectively.

Microsoft said it expected to conduct a public trial of Windows Server
virtualisation by the end of this year and to release a commercial version of
the software within 180 days of Longhorn's release. Microsoft plans to release
Longhorn by the end of 2007.


Bernard Robertson-Dunn
Sydney Australia
brd at iimetro.com.au

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