Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd May 2013 18:27 UTC
Windows "Microsoft's phone chief hates to call the new Nokia Lumia 521 cheap, but the lower-priced smartphone launching in the United States is the company's boldest move yet to win mass market share from leaders Apple and Samsung. The world's largest software company has so far focused on putting its Windows Phone software into expensive, high-end devices - chiefly from Nokia and HTC. But the new model will go on sale at Walmart later this month at an unsubsidized price under $150, relatively cheap for a new phone running up-to-date software without a long-term contract." Windows Phone is racing to the bottom just as fast as Android - with the difference being that expensive Android devices do not fail to sell.
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In my opinion linux has an advantage with lightweight remote administration tools like ssh/rsync/etc. Obviously windows can do the same things, and you can use remote desktop, but the whole GUI on the server is kind of unnecessary and out of place. With linux, we get the flexibility of provisioning a machine with only the pieces we need.

This is pretty much rubbish since Server 2008 R2. You can install any part you need. Also the GUI isn't doing anything when it isn't being accessed ... I never understood why this was a big deal, it isn't exposed to the outside world (only through RDP).

In any case this wasn't what I was talking about. I was talking about how many linux developers would like to offer official .net support using linux (count me in). I can't blame microsoft for not supporting linux though since if they did many IIS hosting providers would promptly switch to linux.

Microsoft would indeed get nothing out of it. However if you want to support on a Linux Server for a competing web technology (Java/PHP/RoR) etc you are going to be probably paying someone else e.g. Redhat.

I am sure we could argue over pricing options, but it comes into swings and roundabouts after we actually add licensing into the equation.

Windows/IIS has few compelling advantages in the server space (note that this is rather different than saying anything is "wrong with IIS and windows").

I don't work in the server space, but I doubt it is only a "few compelling advantages". I personally like the fact that I don't have to dick about with editing text files to set basic options.

Edited 2013-05-06 08:31 UTC

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