Linked by snydeq on Tue 8th Mar 2011 23:54 UTC
Windows Grizzled Unix vet Paul Venezia tips his cap to the Windows Server crew, suggesting that the lessons of Unix history have not been lost on Microsoft -- and that's one reason why Windows Server has become so complex. 'The Windows Server of today has more in common with Unix than many people want to admit. The upside: more stable servers, greater scope of services, better adherence to standards, and Microsoft's newfound willingness to work with its competition. The downside is that Windows has become more complex than Unix from a management and administration point of view,' Venezia writes, even if he still sees some Windows admin practices as prime examples of how not to administer servers.
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RE: A rather immediate reason
by dpJudas on Wed 9th Mar 2011 15:52 UTC in reply to "A rather immediate reason"
dpJudas
Member since:
2009-12-10

It is quite simple, really.

The secret of Windows server is that server software written in Visual Studio runs only on Windows Server unless the developers made special efforts to target something else. By the end of the day its more important to businesses what the software on the server enables them to do than what OS the system administrators prefer.

One of Microsoft's key secrets to success has always been that they've gone out of their way to please software developers by virtually giving away all development tools so they can make the money back on that server it has to run on. Just imagine what Oracle or SAP would charge for access to MSDN.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

No it is not that simple.

Both Linux and Unix vendors have not cared about the small or medium business markets or working to make it easier to integrate Windows networks with Unix services. Samba has been underfunded for years and companies like Novell don't seem to care.

MS keeps improving software like SBS, exchange, sharepoint and AD while companies like Red Hat continue to focus on big Unix migrations.

Red Hat has even stated that they aren't trying to convert MS shops.

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elsewhere Member since:
2005-07-13

Samba has been underfunded for years and companies like Novell don't seem to care.


You chose the one company in the world that generates hundreds of millions of dollars from selling the only commercially viable alternative to Microsoft's directory/network services to criticize for not funding an open source alternative to Microsoft's directory/network services. Netware is slowly dying on it's own, last thing Novell needs to do is accelerate the process.

And despite that, the lead Samba developer was in fact a Novell employee. At least until he quit and went to Google, after the whole Microsoft deal thingie.

I don't disagree with your sentiment, but really.

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