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Why is Microsoft afraid to use the 'L' word?

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In discussing the motivation behind its newly launched Windows Server 2008 Foudation product, there’s one word the folks from Microsoft were loathe to mention: Linux.

Microsoft officials are attributing the decision to launch on April 1 the stripped-down Windows Server Foundation SKU on economic pressures on IT budgets.

I asked Microsoft whether the Foundation Server SKU was aimed at low-end servers running Linux. The Sofites downplayed that idea, claiming that while a new Foundation Server offering might compete with Red Hat on Dell, for example, it would compete equally with the do-it-yourself folks building their own Windows servers.

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