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