Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th May 2007 22:17 UTC
Windows Some of the changes in the upcoming release of Windows Server 2008 are a response to features and performance advantages that have made Linux an attractive option to Microsoft customers. One of these is the fact that Linux has less of a surface area, which led customers to believe that Linux is inherently more secure, Bill Laing, the general manager for Microsoft's Windows Server division, told eWEEK. "Having less surface area does reduce the servicing and the amount of code you have running and exposed, so we have done a lot of work in 2008 to make the system more modular. There are more than 30 components not installed by default, which is a huge change," Laing said. "We also have server core, which doesn't have the GUI, so I would say that is a response to the options people had with Linux that they didn't have with Windows."
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Too Little Too Late
by hackus on Tue 22nd May 2007 19:41 UTC
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Surface Area? WT?

What the hell is surface area?

Perhaps he is being kind and really means BLOATWARE.

So where ever you see "surface area" reaplce it with the term BLOATWARE.

I am not looking forward to using 2008. The proposed changes are really surprising when taken in context of Microsoft developers/Admins in general.

I mean, most of them I have seen are entirely worthless if they do not have a GUI interface constantly telling them what to do and not to do.

Really I think most of them are certified OK and CANCEL experts.

I guess things are not all bad. A CLI type environment might actually made things less painful when they dump all of thier 2008 servers for Linux or BSD when they have to.


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