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Ask Microsoft's Linux Lab Manager

Roblimo posted more than 8 years ago | from the we-love-open-source-but-hide-it-well dept.

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Microsoft Linux Lab Manager Bill Hilf has been mentioned on Slashdot before, not to mention (as you might expect) on Microsoft Watch. His latest high profile coworker, Daniel Robbins, has also gotten a bit of Slashdot attention. Got any questions for Bill he hasn't already answered elsewhere? Post them below (one per post, please). We'll send him 10 - 12 of the highest-moderated ones and post his answers next Monday.

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Slashdot as PR outlet for Microsoft. (1, Interesting)

TempusMagus (723668) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222654)

I'm somewhat uncomfortable with these interviews since they completely fall in line with PR strategy to shape opinion with the "slashdot crowd". Who initiates these interviews anyway?

A lot of misconception and lies are hear as well (3, Insightful)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222719)

sometimes the responses of people like him help the rest of us weedout the malcontents who are a big disservice to the /. community.

A lot of what is rated insightful/informative here sometimes leaves a lot to be desired. It can be hard to distinquish between agenda and fact.

I would love to see even more of these interviews. Finally you can elect to not see these on /. by editing your user preferences.

Re:A lot of misconception and lies are hear as wel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222804)

lol, what?

Re:A lot of misconception and lies are hear as wel (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222868)

It can be hard to distinquish between agenda and fact.
... as opposed to, say, Microsofts' "Get The Facts" campaign, which is soooo much better.

Puh-lease.

I'd be more interested in an interview with a pr0n king (at least they make no bones that a lot of the stuff you're looking at is fake, thanks to Dr. Schulnick and DuPont).

Re:Slashdot as PR outlet for Microsoft. (1)

Foofoobar (318279) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222759)

Hear hear! I second that. Until Microsoft PROVES that they are playing well with others without having to be cajoled or forced by a government organization, then I will believe it.

Until then, just more marketing bullshit and PR spin. The day they are concerned about interoperability is the day they are planning a product release to replace it.

For an exaqmple, look at how they have often tried to make Samba useless.

Re:Slashdot as PR outlet for Microsoft. (2, Insightful)

TempusMagus (723668) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222855)

Re-reading what I wrote it does seem like *major* troll material. I'm sorry, but I've been involved in too many PR and marketing meetings with technology companies to think otherwise. Microsoft is taking all of this very seriously - having a "dialogue" with the constituents of open source to to appear like a team player. If I were to create a media plan as to where one needed to shape opinion Slashdot would be at the top of the list in big bold type since it is a gathering place of thought leaders who don't particularly espouse the MS POV.

Re:Slashdot as PR outlet for Microsoft. (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222925)

I'm somewhat uncomfortable with these interviews since they completely fall in line with PR strategy to shape opinion with the "slashdot crowd".

And just who might the "slashdot crowd" be? IT industry decision-makers? Stop it, you're killing me.

In fact, I'll go out on a limb and say that the majority of slashdot readers are Windows users. Exclusively. Dual Linux/Windows booters fall in a distant second.

More to the point, I'm betting Microsoft suspects this as well (they certainly advertise enough here, do they not?). Therefore, an interview with this dude makes a lot of sense for all involved, with the regrettable exception of the zealots and the posers.

Re:Slashdot as PR outlet for Microsoft. (0, Troll)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222937)

Mod this one up! Microsoft isn't letting these guys talk just to satisfy curiousity. It's all part of the strategy of not looking evil. Don't believe it. Microsoft is still evil.

P F (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222660)

Bill, What's your favourite type of First Post Troll?

first? (0)

Rs_Conqueror (838344) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222673)

What kind of impact is microsoft planning on making in the open source market in the next few years?

Re:first? (2, Interesting)

jsheedy (772604) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222754)

What prompted you to accept a position at Microsoft knowing their past dealings with the Open Source OS, or what told you that taking this position was not a waste of time?

Re:first? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222809)

This is a terrible question that will be responded to with alot of PR market-speak.

Ahh fuck it, almost all of our stupid questions will be responded with ambiguous, carefully crafted market-speak. I don't understand the point of this interview.

Re:first? (1)

jumbledInTheHead (837677) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222820)

Jee whiz, a negative one.

Obligatory Slashdot (1)

op12 (830015) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222676)

How are you not a paradox or an oxymoron?

ok, maybe this is more for the Office developers.. (2, Interesting)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222789)

When will MS Word finally get with the times and have a fully-featured standards-compliant Lisp interperter?!!!

Re:ok, maybe this is more for the Office developer (1)

corsec67 (627446) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222841)

Can I add Tex support to that request?

Start with the obvious (2, Interesting)

Raul654 (453029) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222680)

Dear Mr. Hilf - Surely by now you have to have been accused of helping Microsoft try to exterminate Linux. How do you respond to such accusations?

Simple question (1)

JWW (79176) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222684)

How do you sleep at night? ;-)

Re:Simple question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222802)

Thats easy. He likely sleeps on a nice plush matress with some of Bill's money stuffed under it.

Re:Simple question (1)

aw232 (904545) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222854)

On a large pile of money with many beautiful ladies.

Simpler question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222916)

What does Bill Gates dick taste like?

Re:Simple question (1)

Virak (897071) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222941)

If he's a true geek, he doesn't. :P

Open Standards (4, Interesting)

Oriumpor (446718) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222686)

How does Microsoft internally deal with Open Standards and Open Document Formats?

I suppose more generally: In your testing is it solely relegated to Linux in the Server role, or do you address End-User issues as well

what footware? (4, Funny)

SethJohnson (112166) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222689)



I'd like to step aside from all the hardware and software questions people are going to throw at you and focus on a more tangible topic: footware. When someone like yourselves accept a job stomping on baby ducks all day, do you invest in new boots, or do you just come to work in whatever old shoes you have in your closet?

Appreciatively,

Seth

Penguin Aid? (4, Interesting)

deathcloset (626704) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222692)

No doubt one of the activities of microsoft's linux lab is testing the security of linux.

My question is this: if you find a security vulnerability in linux, do you inform the linux community about it?

Here's mine.. (1)

ShaniaTwain (197446) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222694)

Does it run linux?

Have you no shame? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222696)

How do you sleep at night knowing that you've traded all that's good in the world for thirty pieces of silver?

My question: (1)

caluml (551744) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222697)

You know you're going to lose, right?

Re:My question: (1)

network23 (802733) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222816)


That question is sooo right. Thank you for asking.

To the editors; please ask that question.

Mouse Design (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222702)

If you could choose any mouse to use with your Linux Lab, would you be interested in one with a revolutionary Scroll Ball and touch-sensitive technology concealed under a seamless top shell, to give the programability of a four-button mouse in a single-button design?

Hmm... (1)

computerdude33 (890573) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222703)

What is your opinion on open source?

Wrong lab (1)

Tx (96709) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222705)

Bill works for Microsofts Astroturfing lab.

Plans (4, Interesting)

Azureflare (645778) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222706)

What plans does Microsoft have to make it easier for corporations to let Windows and Linux live together happily? Are there plans to increase integration and open standards between platforms?

I just went through integrating a linux server on the Windows 2003 Active Directory network here, and though it took some commandline work and messing with pam.d and samba, it wasn't actually that hard to get it joined up to the domain. Now everyone who has a login and password can login locally, as well as via SSH/sftp and jabber.

I'm glad that Microsoft is letting linux/unix machines integrate at least somewhat, but it would please me to no end to see Microsoft extending their existing Unix services for Windows servers. I know that unix services exist for Windows servers, but we just haven't needed to install them yet (no need for LDAP at this point).

P.S. I hope they keep you around for a while!

Re:Plans (3, Funny)

owlstead (636356) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222929)

Dear Azureflare. We are aware of the attempts of the Linux community to communicate with our infrastructure. You can rest assured that we are plugging the hole as we speak.

What exactly are your intentions? (1)

Synli (781075) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222707)

What exactly are your intentions with Linux (considering that Linux is one of your main rivals)?

Re:What exactly are your intentions? (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222781)

That's simple. Competition. If you want to compete with a product, you need to know its strengths and weaknesses. That's how competition works, ya know ;)

what's the airspeed of a laden swallow (1)

b17bmbr (608864) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222708)

you know, just to see if he knows.

Re:what's the airspeed of a laden swallow (1)

BlackCobra43 (596714) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222746)

I'd be more interested in the airspeed of an unladen swallow, as that question seems to have been troubling us since Medieval times.

Re:what's the airspeed of a laden swallow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222788)

What is your favorite piece of hardware?

Re:what's the airspeed of a laden swallow (1)

Taevin (850923) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222842)

What do you mean? African or European swallow?

Marching Orders... (3, Interesting)

Lodragandraoidh (639696) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222709)

What are your marching orders for the Linux lab? (are you looking at interoperability with Windows - or is there something else on the agenda?)

Re:Marching Orders... (1)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222866)

That made me think - is there any plans to make PHP a full member of the .NET environment?

I'm thinking where MS provides a PHP language for the .NET compiler so you can write windows apps in PHP, or take your existing PHP code and compile it to run on IIS and against SQL Server instead of MySQL.

I guess the same could be asked for Perl, but I think PHP is far more fashionable for web apps today.

ABC? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222712)

Do you like `em big and bouncy? Or a medium sized handful? Or like a grape?

Can Microsoft Ever Give Us Free As In Freedom? (5, Interesting)

nurhussein (864532) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222716)

We've heard a lot about MS having a lower TCO etc., and who knows it may even be true in some cases, but does Microsoft realise that the reason some of us is on Linux is for the "Free as in Freedom" part? This may matter not to the PHBs, but some of the Linux users MS is trying to court such as HPC consist of engineers and scientists who operate things like particle accelerators and are unfazed by the "complexity" of Linux and appreciate the freedom to be able to customise it to their needs? Can Microsoft ever be as liberal with their operating system as Linux developers are with Linux?

Re:Can Microsoft Ever Give Us Free As In Freedom? (1)

Otter (3800) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222897)

My experience with particle accelerators is limited to a single cyclotron, but I can assure you that its controlling system was based on neither Windows nor a customized Linux. In any case, I think one can legitimately claim "lower TCO" as a general case, even if that's not so in the hands of "engineers and scientists who operate things like particle accelerators".

Microsoft Linux (1)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222720)

Did anyone else read that and think, 'Microsoft Linux' in the same way as you read 'RedHat Linux' or 'Suse Linux'??

my question (1)

bigalsenior (869954) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222727)

what are your thoughts on linux and how do you think microsoft will work linux into its strategy?

Stranger in a strage land (3, Insightful)

winkydink (650484) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222732)

Doesn't working at MS isolate you somewhat from the OSS community? What do you do to keep your OSS perspective and skills current?

Re:Stranger in a strage land (1)

mr_z_beeblebrox (591077) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222887)

Doesn't working at MS isolate you somewhat from the OSS community? What do you do to keep your OSS perspective and skills current?

Duh!...
He reads /. like the rest of us!

Re:Stranger in a strage land (1)

winkydink (650484) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222909)

Reading /. to keep skills and perspective current is akin to getting balanced perspective on current events from Dan Rather.

Did it hurt? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222736)

When they implanted the control interface plugs into your spine and the installed the face-mounted laser?

Input Devices (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222740)

What do you think of Apple's new multi-button mouse, "Mighty Mouse?" Do you think this will lure more users away from Windows?

The most obvious question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222741)

Do you use Linux?

I have a question for you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222742)

I saw this at the bottom of the Slashdot page. The taco reference worries me, but I will ask this question anyhow:

"Were these parsnips CORRECTLY MARINATED in TACO SAUCE?"

Features in Linux? (1)

Dimes (10216) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222747)

From a purely technical, professional standpoint(and non partisan. My question as well as your answer ;-)) have there been any features that you guys have come across in Linux that you have thought would be nice to have in a Microsoft OS? Something that more than one person has mentioned, sort of a "Hey, this is interesting, Windows should have something like this(do something like this, have this capability, thingie...).".

Thanks,

Dimes

Re:Features in Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222847)

Obviously.

Back in the mid to late 90's, Microsoft was obviously wondering how the hell linux could run for long time periods without crashing.

They seem to have improved windows to provide a close approximation of stability.

Cost (1)

Trigun (685027) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222749)

How much do souls go for nowadays, and is it a lump sum payment, or in installments?

Question, contribution of Linux to industry (1)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222760)

What do you see as Linux's primary contribution to the industry?

TCO and other comparisons (1)

TildeMan (472701) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222762)

There have been tons of studies by MS-funded companies (like Gartner) claiming that Windows beats Linux in all sorts of ways, but the open source community is always quick to show that they're extremely biased. Would you trust or support any studies comparing Microsoft to Linux if they were done by Red Hat-funded (or funded by any other Linux supporters) companies to level the playing field?

Put Microsoft to work for Linux (1)

It doesn't come easy (695416) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222769)

Maybe I can ask him how to get my wireless card working in Linux on my laptop?

What IT really wants to know (1)

boisemacgeek (904541) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222770)

Are there any plans to have Microsoft Server technologies such as Exchange Server available for linux?

ELF Binaries (1)

Compholio (770966) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222776)

Mr. Hilf:

Does Microsoft intend on making Windows capable of running native Linux ELF binaries now or in the future? I assume the MS has no intention to help out WINE with making Windows binaries compatible but I'm curious as to whether support for the other way around will become a reality.

Respecting Linux's nitch (2, Interesting)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222777)

While Windows does have many advantages over Linux, I still find that Linux has many good nich areas where Microsoft can't and shouldn't compete in, such as rapid development of appliance like solutions, where the case of finding a low end box (In my case usually Sun Sparc Classics) and downloading a version of Linux and configuring it for headless task(s). This is extremely affordable to my clients in the short and long term. So the question is why isn't Microsoft working harder to make tools that allow Linux to better communicate with Windows? When there is an issue of poor communication between Linux and Windows I usually need to configure Windows to communicate with the Linux box better, which may or may not work 100% and because it is running on Windows it makes Windows look bad. Even if Microsoft released some closed source or Shared source code that would allow better communication between the two platforms would make my job and my clients lives much easer and affordable.

What Distro/Software? (1)

ArtimusArchmage (789937) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222791)

What distributions and software programs are being used at this Linux Lab?

What's your recommendation? (1)

Otter (3800) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222792)

The question I'd love to see answered, but which you probably can't: If you had to use a Linux desktop, which distribution would you use and why?

Failing that: How much attention do you pay to minor distributions (i.e. not Red Hat, Debian, SuSe and Mandrake)? How do they compare, in your hands? What works and doesn't work?

When will you compete a level playing field? (1)

LibrePensador (668335) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222797)

See if you can answer the following without the usual PR-let's-find-a-way-to-avoid-or-reformulate -the-question spin? Here's the question:

If Microsoft believes that it can win by innovating and playing fair, why don't they release network file formats (SMB) and Office file protocols with a BSD-compatible license so that I can access and use that data with any application I choose? And no, the recent "opening" of their office file formats is not enough as its license is completely incompatible with its major competitor, OpenOffice.org.

The day that Microsoft demonstrates that it is not trying to hold the data of my organization at ransom is the day that we will begin considering its products again.

Question for OpenOffice.org (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222910)

OpenOffice.org, when will you change your license so I can use your product with MS's open office formats? I really like your product, but since your license is completely incompatible with MS's license and all my data is in MS already I have to stick with MS. As the product with smaller share shouldn't you work to interact in a friendly manner with the established market leading products in the same field?

What's it like... (1)

mr_z_beeblebrox (591077) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222812)

Being a jedi in the service of the emperor?

Contributing to open source projects (1)

antikristian (856519) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222815)

I'm wondering what Microsoft's policy on this is, I do not expect Microsoft to start contributing to Linux any time soon, but can an employee do it on his own spare time? Do you risk beeing fired if you file a bugreport or send in a patch?

anti-linux propaganda (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222824)

Are you in some way responsible for the (sometimes ridiculus) anti-Linux ammunition Balmer fires at everyone who didn't ask?

How do you handle zealots? (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222834)

How do you handle immature zealots that believe your job involves backstabbing the open source community (like many questions here... hopefully none of which actually get modded high enough for you to have to deal with)?

Re:How do you handle zealots? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222912)

You backstabber!

Re:How do you handle zealots? (1)

Swamii (594522) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222952)

Haha...excellent, my thoughts exactly.

Ask Slashdot - MS linux (1)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222838)

If Windows is truely "the ultimate secure and user friendly OS", as Microsoft has repeatedly claim, why do they need a Linux lab at all? Surely if Windows if as truely magical as many claim, Linux would be dead already.

Question (2, Insightful)

dakkon1024 (691790) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222839)

Basically by working on interpolating with Linux, you are also working on creating software that better complies with open standards. Bill Gates has often preached a closed source model, most famously his point counter point letter against open source. It is almost certain that you will be making it easier for your competition gain an edge. Which goes against the grain of every policy and business practice Microsoft has employed since its conception. What about today's market leads you to believe this is a good move for Microsoft?

MS going open? (1)

ZephyrXero (750822) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222856)

Is there any chance Microsoft may go a similar route as Apple has with OSX, by making Windows just a Desktop Environment built on top of Linux or BSD?

I have a good question! (1)

beyonddeath (592751) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222857)

Can i have a job?! Im at UofToronto and so very sick of working at the factory... Justin justin.hunt (AT) utoronto(dot)ca

Freeing up interoperability info (1)

Lifewish (724999) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222861)

Given that MS is now apparently messing about with Linux, does it have any plans to give something back to the community? For example a GPL-compliant license to use the standards, interfaces and formats required to fully interoperate with MS products. If not, how does MS justify this anticompetitive behaviour?

File System Compatibility (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222863)

Are there any plans to improve cross-compatibility between the linux and windows filesystems. Especially as embedded linux NAS devices become more popular in the consumer realm the availability of native support for ntfs in linux or ext3 in windows is more desirable.

Cool toys we'll never see. (1)

gnuadam (612852) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222865)

What cool toys (like a Microsoft Office build for linux) do you get to see that will never be released to the public?

Why doesn't Microsoft release Microsoft Linux? (2, Funny)

amper (33785) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222867)

The subject says it all (mostly).

One of the primary reasons Linux is somewhat inferior to commerical offierings when considered as a general-purpose dektop operating system is that there is a lack of a single guiding human interface standard for the various groups to work toward. Companies such as Apple Computer and Microsoft have invested large amounts of money in human interface studies, and although much of this information has been made readily accessible to the public, it would appear that very little of that information has been put to good use by F/OSS developers.

With Apple using the BSD branch of software as it's operating system core, do you see a future for a Microsoft-branded Linux distribution, using a Microsoft-developed HCI design?

Though there is a large amount of enmity in the F/OSS community toward Microsoft, it cannot be denied that Microsoft's development methods are demonstrably capable of producing quality software. Could Microsoft serve as a catalyst for consolidation within the community, while remaining true to the F/OSS philosophy? Could such a strategy be profitable for Microsoft?

Re:Why doesn't Microsoft release Microsoft Linux? (1)

Foofoobar (318279) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222940)

I think I can see a spot on Bill Gates ass that you haven't kissed yet. Are you fresh out of lip gloss or just taking a breather to remoisten?

Samba (3, Funny)

miltimj (605927) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222871)

Is one of your projects to assist in analyzing Samba source code to help coworkers better understand the SMB protocol?

(Shameless, I know...)

Offensive use of patents? (1)

starseeker (141897) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222875)

I know you aren't able to comment on any specific actions that are or might be taken, but as a general philosophy question at Microsoft - are patents seen as a defensive measure only, or are they seen as being useful offensively against competitors and open source developers?

Execs trying Linux? (5, Interesting)

unsinged int (561600) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222882)

Have you ever managed to get any of the big shots (for example, Gates) to sit down and try Linux for a few minutes? If so, what did they say? If not, why not? Did they have an allergic reaction and try to run away from you, or have you not asked?

I think it would be interesting to hear the opinions of people at Microsoft who actually have tried Linux (with KDE, OpenOffice, Firefox, etc.), versus the standard "Linux is evil" public relations line.

Microsoft Office (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222884)

Will Microsoft Office (in the future) implement the ability read and write documents in the Open Document Format? If not, why?

Standards (1)

christurkel (520220) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222890)

Since you work with Linux, you must be aware of the interoperability issues between Linux and Windows, such as smb/cifs. What is Microsoft planning to do about these issues? A standard Linux distribution can't afford to pay for licenses.

Interoperability (1)

dduardo (592868) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222891)

How would you rank Microsoft's interoperability with Linux? How has the Linux Lab helped bridge the Windows/Linux worlds? I still find that Microsoft is unwilling to support open standards.

Mr. Hilf: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222894)

Do you ever get the feeling that the existence of your lab is just a public relations item for Microsoft, a hollow facade of cross-platform friendliness which-- while you of course may really mean or enjoy what you are doing-- Microsoft itself never intends to bring to anything, listen to the results of, or go anywhere with?

If so, how do you deal with this?

Command Line (1)

ndansmith (582590) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222899)

I've noticed that Longhorn/Vista Beta uses the same DOS command line that appeared in previous versions. Are there any plans to implement a Unix/Linux command line to replace/augment the current offering?

Windows Services for Unix (3, Interesting)

dtfinch (661405) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222902)

Microsoft has long offered Services for Unix free for download to provide a unix-like environment on Windows. I've seen rumors and speculation that SFU will be included by default in Windows Vista, with some GPL'd portions replaced or rewritten to maintain compliance. If it's true, what level of functionality and compatibility can we expect?

Long-term MS strategy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13222904)

I cannot imagine the company is stupid enough not to see the writing on the wall regarding Linux. Among my colleagues and hardcore MS people, we all expect MS to embrace Linux with the same fervor that they eventually embraced the Internet, but are just waiting until the very last minute to make sure it's something that has to be done. Tell it to me straight, do you think this will happen? Otherwise, how can you explain the shifting away from the OS regarding the "Office System" and .NET and whatnot? We all look at this as Microsoft just buying time against competitors by denying Linux as long as possible.

Convert From Windows (1)

SenFo (761716) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222917)

Dear Mr. Hilf,

I would like to know when you plan on converting the remaining Windows servers at Microsofts' facility, to Linux.

Kind regards,

--
SenFo

Here's what I'd like to know (1)

Will2k_is_here (675262) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222928)

What is a typical working day for you?

Question about the Domain Setups you have... (1)

haplo21112 (184264) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222935)

I am curious just how well you have the systems in you lab integrated and interoperating. Are you pushing the envelope of what is possible? Are you potentially even discovering new things that are possible integration wise.

For example I have a domain setup where there is a Microsoft Box acting as the Domain controller for the AD (and as PDC emulator). Several Linux boxes are acting as member servers. Serveral windows boxes act as member servers. DNS/DDNS is setup on both the Windows AD DC, and on a Linux Box using bind, with full resource record exchange. Wins is also available again on both a the Windows AD DC and through record exchange on a linux box. The Linux machines users are all AD user accounts they hold no logins other than the root user.

Are you folks playing with stuff like that? Perhaps maybe even documenting things like that, or even finding ways to make such things easier for people who ar enot like us and create things like this playing "because we can"...?

Playing well with others (1)

cphenry (204895) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222942)

My biggest complaint with MS isn't that it's code is closed source (I'm a SysAdmin, not a developer), but that it doesn't play well with other open standards. How concerned are you in your position with interoperability and adherence to open standards? Has their been any change at MS regarding this? Thanks.

Long-term Integration Plans? (1)

ErichTheRed (39327) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222944)

I come from a multi-platform world (Windows, MacOS, Linux, Unix, etc.) and was wondering what Microsoft's long-term interoperability plans are. When Windows NT 4.0 first came out, File & Print Services for NetWare and Services for Macintosh were very useful tools for getting NT servers into the building. These tools still exist, but I just want to know if Microsoft plans to open up even more given that there's even more interconnections between systems now than there was in 1996. Windows Server 2003 may be a great OS, but it's not the only one in use for most places.

Basically, what can we expect in the way of Unix/Linux integration tools for the future?

So, how does it feel... (1)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 8 years ago | (#13222947)

being a minion for Pure Evil. Good bennies?
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