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GoDaddy.com Dumps Linux for Microsoft

samzenpus posted more than 8 years ago | from the say-it-aint-so dept.

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RobertB-DC writes "Bargain-basement registrar GoDaddy.com has decided to move all its parked domains to Microsoft servers, saying that they'll provide 'a technology platform that is security-enhanced, highly scalable and easy to manage.' This is a shift away from Linux, a decision met with derision by other registrars such as Gandi.net, which greeted the news with the headline 'Go Daddy and never come back'. Late last year, GoDaddy.com had some 'issues', shall we say, with non-Microsoft browsers."

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445 comments

Interesting... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14978198)

...but does it run linux? Guaranteed FP. -1 troll

MOD PARENT INTERESTING (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14978248)

Parent is interesting. If you mod him troll, you do not defeat the poster. Therefore, mod parent interesting FOR THE SAKE OF MANKINdG!!!11

Incredible! (5, Funny)

OmgTEHMATRICKS (836103) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978199)

Ghandi never struck me as the kind of guy who trashtalks others. Well you learn something new everyday, I suppose.

Mod Parent Interesting (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14978235)

Mod Parent Interesting

Re:Incredible! (4, Informative)

TgmBxA!X8(TNDWr_,+xv (962259) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978244)

Gandhi. G-A-N-D-H-I.

In college, I took a course called Gandhi's India, about--what else?--the life of Gandhi, and Gandhi's contributions to modern India. Come the day of the midterm, the class swelled to twice its usual size; most of the new faces spelled his name "Ghandi" in their essays. My professor didn't look too kindly on these idiots. Damn if she didn't look good otherwise.

Re:Incredible! (2, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978301)

She didn't like my essay either. It was about how he used to dip his bald head in oil and rub it all over my body [seinfeldscripts.com] .

Who cares? (5, Insightful)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978201)

Since most of these parked domain names are just misspellings of respectable sites or total nonsense, full of links to casinos and places to get prescription drugs, which no one would ever actually register and use for hosting, does it really matter what OS the server is running?

Re:Who cares? (5, Insightful)

biocute (936687) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978212)

It does, as bragging rights for Microsoft to show that its server solution is hosting xx% of the internet.

That's fair. (4, Funny)

jd (1658) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978461)

Most of the other servers hold xxx% of the Internet, and the remaining 5 hold the tech/geek content.

Re:Who cares? (5, Informative)

JordanL (886154) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978396)

Well I just called in about the 1 domain I have there, and they flat out told me that none of their domain servers and/or name servers are IIS or will be moving to IIS. A closer look at the article reveals the openning statement:

Microsoft Corp. today announced that GoDaddy.com®

Perhaps MS misunderstood what their product was being purchased for? Or maybe I was being lied to...

Re:Who cares? (5, Informative)

Denney (947351) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978466)

The actual press-release on Yahoo! Finance states "Go Daddy® will have moved all its parked domains from Linux to the Windows platform." That does not include domain servers or name servers. If my understanding is correct, parked domains are on one set of servers, while all the other services are being provided from other sets of servers. Thus, I think you were told the truth by the GoDaddy folks, and Microsoft is also telling the correct story, although the heading of the Press Release makes the news sound bigger than it really is.

Re:Who cares? (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14978419)

While those may make up the majority of sites, there is a lot of legitimate stuff out there. Like the other poster mentioned, there seems to be some confusion about what's actually happening. If you want to give them a call and see for yourselves, godaddy's high level support line is at 908-642-3588.

This is when we all say (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14978203)

Who cares?

It's just an OS (4, Insightful)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978208)

An OS is no good without applications on top of it.

If GoDaddy doesn't have the wherewithal to develop applications for Linux, maybe they'll have better luck with Windows. It gives them the ability to use ASP.Net on the server side with all the benefits that entails.

Re:It's just an OS (0)

Foofoobar (318279) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978229)

An OS is no good without applications on top of it.

Yeah when will Microsoft learn to develop some decent applications for the server? Or were you talking about the most commonly used web platform, the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) used by 70% of websites around the world.

Yeah... those aren't useful at all are they?

Re:It's just an OS (1)

Sqwubbsy (723014) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978270)

Are you building applications or answers?

Re:It's just an OS (1)

Foofoobar (318279) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978298)

Is that a question or a software solution?

Re:It's just an OS (3, Insightful)

jbplou (732414) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978318)

70% of websites around the world.

Bullshit. There is no way I believe that exact combo has 70% of the web sites. Lets see Linux might have the most but I highly doubt they have 70% are you saying that Windows, FreeBSD, Solaris, and Misc O/S only total 30%.

What about sites that use PERL , ASP, ASP.NET, JSP, or just static HTML, once again I doubt that only totals 30% of sites.

Then the big one MYSQL is not used on 70% of sites, I worked at a web host for a while and know that most hosting customers don't even really know what a database is, let alone use one.

Re:It's just an OS (1)

shmlco (594907) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978356)

It's possible. Then again, that 70% would consist almost entirely of all of the personal home page "sites" located at Verio and all the other $5/mo hosting services.

So, percentage of distinct, individual sites? Maybe. Percentage of internet web pages as a whole? No way.

Re:It's just an OS (4, Informative)

Foofoobar (318279) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978372)

Actually, MySQL overtook Oracle last year as the number one most popular database and is installed on over 55% of ALL servers (not just web servers). Apache still holds rein as the king of web servers with 70% and the most common web server is still Linux with over 60% of the market. PHP is the number one Apache mod and is in the top 4 of programming languages on the Tiobe Index.

Keep in mind that these stats are for web servers... not ALL servers.

So yes... those stats are fairly accurate... though 70% may be high, I would say in the mid to high 60 percentile range is not unreasonable.

Re:It's just an OS (4, Insightful)

pavera (320634) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978253)

Except as the article states and then quickly dusts under the carpet, this only applies to their parked domains which host no services, no actual sites, and are just place holders. They won't be developing any applications for these domains anyway.

If they were moving actual hosting to windows, then maybe this would be real news, but they can't do that, actual hosting requires offering windows and linux as the platform, they aren't going to force their customers to rewrite all of their php/apache/mysql web sites in asp/iis/sql server

Netcraft confirms it - the haiku (4, Funny)

HishamMuhammad (553916) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978209)

GoDaddy has jumped the shark,
News at eleven
All your base to Microsoft.

Well, then. (1)

RyoShin (610051) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978213)

I have approx. 13 domain names registered with GoDaddy. I've always loved their service and prices.

Now, while I don't mind Windows (yes, counter-culture here on Slashdot) for my desktop OS, I can't stand using windows for anything related to hosting web sites, if only for the fact that I'm used to working with Linux, MySQL, and being able to chmod (yes, Windows boxes have something similar, but it doesn't work nearly as well through FTP).

So I'm assuming the service is going to start going downhill. Anyone care to point me to a good alternative domain hoster with comparable prices?

Re:Well, then. (1)

TKBui (574476) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978242)

I have always liked www.easydns.com Pretty good pricing, good service, and w/o all the "make it easy GUI stuff" (that actuallys trips one up when using Linux based browsers.

Re:Well, then. (1)

RyoShin (610051) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978258)

Actually, I kind of like the whole "make it easy" GUI stuff. :) I'm the modern lazy geek.

Still, I'll check it out. Thanks.

other hosting (1)

climbon321 (874929) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978257)

I would HIGHLY recommend http://1and1.com/ [1and1.com] for your hosting needs. I've had 5 or 6 domains registered there under a couple accounts with different hosting plans and have had nothing but excellent service. They've got both linux and microsoft hosting plans, dirt cheap prices and lots of storage space and monthly transfer for the price, plus great custom service.

(and it you want to switch over let me know and you can say you heard about it from me so I get a little $$ =)

Re:Well, then. (2, Insightful)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978262)

I have half a dozen myself, and the only reason I have this many is Go Daddy is so inexpensive. As far as parking domains, who cares? It's just a "under construction" or whatever site. For real hosting you pick one of the innumerable other options that give you PHP/MySQL etc. for a few bucks a month, or more elaborate if your traffic needs it.

Re:Well, then. (1)

jbplou (732414) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978340)

If they are only using it for Parked domains it shouldn't effect your services, unless you are using it for parked domains that is.

Re:Well, then. (2, Informative)

dave1212 (652688) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978368)

http://www.domainsatcost.ca/ [domainsatcost.ca]

Very solid, been with them for about 4 years with 9 domains. Not as cheap, but that doesn't matter if the service is better. They do .ca registrations as well, but I use them for everything.

I'm going to move my remaining 4 domains off GoDaddy as well and over to domainsatcost. Big business needs to realize that associating itself with MS or Windows is a bad thing.

Re:Well, then. (1)

modecx (130548) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978375)

I'd assume that service is going downhill simply because they let some frothing marketdroid spew that incoherent adspeak around... Not that those Superbowl commercials help...

Re:Well, then. (1)

Jords (826313) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978413)

I've also got a domain with godaddy and my experience has been similar - very good. But I need somewhere to transfer to now that they're on windows aswell - Any suggestions, Running linux? I have a .biz domain

Sigh... (4, Insightful)

OxygenPenguin (785248) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978217)

I use GoDaddy for my hundreds of domain registrations....too bad to see them make this decision. Not to be a blatant Microsoft troll, but it is nearly generally recognized in the server community that Linux/Apache is a more secure solution than Windows. Why would GoDaddy site security as their reason to change vendors?

Re:Sigh... (1)

SeeMyNuts! (955740) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978395)

"Why would GoDaddy site security as their reason to change vendors?"

Perhaps Microsoft gave them a deal they couldn't pass up? For example, say GoDaddy's executives like to have chairs thrown at them. Now, can anyone name a better company than Microsoft for chair-throwing prowress? It's like peanut butter and jelly, fish and water--it's just meant to be.

Re:Sigh... (0, Offtopic)

SeeMyNuts! (955740) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978425)


prowress --> prowess

Re:Sigh... (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978400)

Why would GoDaddy site security as their reason to change vendors?

A big wad of cash thrown their way??

Not that there is anything wrong with that...

best line in the whole article. (1)

pvt_medic (715692) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978222)

"It was clear from all of the testing we've conducted that Microsoft provides an efficient and scalable operating platform, while also providing the performance needed to handle our extraordinary growth."

riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!!!!!!!!!!

Re:best line in the whole article. (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978284)

Testers trained as MSCEs of course.

I wonder why...? (4, Insightful)

Zarel (900479) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978223)

I think we can all agree that, at the very least, Linux SERVERS are better than Windows servers.

And, GoDaddy should at least know that much.

So, the question is, why are they doing it? Do you think Microsoft is paying them to do this? Did management's preconception that "Windows is what we use on our desktops, so it MUST be good for our servers" override any rational thought? Did they think it would trick customers who didn't know better and think, "They use Windows, just like our own computers, it must be good"?

Any thoughts?

Re:I wonder why...? (3, Insightful)

Foofoobar (318279) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978277)

Well I have known Microsoft to bend over backwards to give away their product just so that they can have a poster child. I also know that Microsoft is trying to get into web hosting. I wouldn't be surprised to see some kind of business arrangement coming down the line.

I expect all their Apache customers will be bailing and going elsewhere... not a smart move when you consider the market share Apache has and how many people applications use the LAMP stack.

My Prediction??Watch their business drop by at least 25%.

Re:I wonder why...? (1)

catbutt (469582) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978465)

Why should their business drop? How does it affect anything what their "parked" domains are on?

I predict half a dozen hard core anti-microsoft people will leave on principle, and the other 99 zillion of their customers won't give a rat's ass.

Re:I wonder why...? (2, Insightful)

glwtta (532858) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978328)

I think we can all agree that, at the very least, Linux SERVERS are better than Windows servers.

Eh, that's not really true - better at what? I'm sure there are plenty of applications where Windows kicks Linux's ass, a blanket "better than" isn't really something you can apply to something as complex as a server OS.

I personally would never consider a Windows environment for any of my work, but that's mainly because I have no desire to be Microsoft's bitch; clearly this is not as important to many people.

Re:I wonder why...? (1)

dbIII (701233) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978428)

I'm sure there are plenty of applications where Windows kicks Linux's ass, a blanket "better than"
Since we are talking about DNS services here there is no blanket and the MS operating systems and applications are left behind. If you spread the blanket to include web serving software a lot of other things still leave it behind, due to the overhead of NT. If you are talking about .NET applications or something to talk to MS Outlook (outlook not so good), then MS Windows is going to be the only thing that does it.

Linux inherits a lot of features from other versions of *nix, while MS is still the little kid in server space, even though they had a chance to get some of the features of VMS and didn't take them. Not having a million extra features designed for a desktop computer is an advantage for a server. That said - Server2003 isn't too shabby - but using it for anything that doesn't need a GUI is a little odd.

Re:I wonder why...? (2, Insightful)

Stevyn (691306) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978393)

I think your statement that all linux servers are better than windows servers is way to general for any rational person to believe.

Second, do you really think management came to this decision because they noticed the green start button on their screen? They did this over money. Microsoft probably wanted their business enough to charge them next to nothing and offer better support than Linux forums can offer. If they can take that savings and pass it along to their stockholders or customers then good for them. In the end, it might be costing Microsoft some money for the PR.

But to say Linux servers are always better and to think they did this on a whim is incredibly myopic.

Re:I wonder why...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14978404)

From speaking with certain of thier staff, informally, in my home, I would have to say it's because Go Daddy hires cheap and promotes from within to stay cheap.

Cheap means Microsoft skill set for the most part.

Or it could be that cheap means fucking morons, the result is the same.

GoDaddy.com looking for people with Linux Skills (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14978224)

Re:GoDaddy.com looking for people with Linux Skill (2, Interesting)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978339)

Senior Linux Software Engineer
  • Server-side development on Unix/Linux platform, Windows experience a plus
  • SQL development utilizing MySQL DBMS and MS SQL
Not exactly a linux engineer.

I saw the go daddy pres/CTO speak a while back (4, Informative)

notaprguy (906128) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978227)

They talked about moving to Windows and said, basically, that the costs roughly in line with Linux when you take into account administration/management costs and that MSFT was bending over backwards to meet their needs. They liked MSFT's customer service. They like ASP.NET because of the capabilities it provides. They like MSFT's vision and...most important of all...their customers liked the results when they used Windows hosting sevices.

Re:I saw the go daddy pres/CTO speak a while back (4, Funny)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978260)

... and that MSFT was bending over backwards to meet their needs.

Well, there's no doubt that when all is said and done ... someone will be bending over and it won't be Microsoft.

Re:I saw the go daddy pres/CTO speak a while back (1)

Yojimbo-San (131431) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978291)

As soon as they're signed up and migrated, that customer service will vanish away like early morning mist ... they're simply not worth that much to Microsoft, except as a press release and a jump in the Netcraft figures.

http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2006/02/03/go_da ddy_2005_super_bowl_ad_followed_by_huge_gains.html [netcraft.com] - GoDaddy are currently the world's largest hosting operation, with over 5.5 million hostnames.

Re:I saw the go daddy pres/CTO speak a while back (3, Insightful)

schon (31600) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978426)

costs roughly in line with Linux when you take into account administration/management costs and that MSFT was bending over backwards to meet their needs.

Translation:

Costs are the same, but it costs money to switch, therefore MS is trying to buy their business.

The fact that only the "parked" (read: bare pages with no interactivity and exceptionally low risk) will be changed means that GoDaddy is trying to take them up on it without really taking any risk.

Hmm... (1, Interesting)

TheNoxx (412624) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978230)

Sounds like another move from Microsoft's corporate espionage department, building on the previous "problems" GoDaddy had with non-MS browsers. I think my favorite MS black-ops move was when they made "The Matrix" DVD playable on every DVD player except the Macintosh DVD player, and yes, this is the only DVD that does this. Go ahead, grab your copy and read the fine print at the bottom.

Re:Hmm... (3, Informative)

k_187 (61692) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978316)

umm, you do realize that's talking about the special interactive player, and the movie plays just fine?

Nope. (1)

TheNoxx (412624) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978370)

No, no it does not. It might play okay on OSX, or perhaps they finally found a way for the OS 9 player to get around MS's shenanigans, but let me be clear: when the Matrix DVD was released, nothing on it played or worked in a Mac OS 9 DVD player, and didn't for at least a year or two. I remember this quite well as my Mac was my only DVD player, and I got the Matrix as soon as it came out on DVD. Imagine my chagrin. And yes, I checked with other people; the Apple support forums were flooded with complaints.

Hmm...I'm an idiot. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14978327)

"Go ahead, grab your copy and read the fine print at the bottom."

"The enhanced DVD-ROM features will not work on a Macintosh computer"

"I think my favorite MS black-ops move was when they made "The Matrix" DVD playable on every DVD player except the Macintosh DVD player, and yes, this is the only DVD that does this."

Shrek.

Re:Hmm... (1)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978334)

I will never buy the Matrix DVD. I hated that damn movie. But your accusation is serious and interesting. Please provide a link.

Re:Hmm... (1)

TheNoxx (412624) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978473)

Sigh. The old mac fan and support sites are pretty much gone, at least the ones with copies of editorials, etc. on the subject, and the mac support forums only go back a year or two. There are still some posts on old, old message boards, but nothing comprehensive. Everything else has been updated for newer versions, and this was 7 years ago, so...

Ah well, guess you'll have to take my word for it; and yes, I was in several advanced CS classes that year and worked as a tech intern/guru at my school, but nevertheless, I'm sure I'll get lots of posts "you just weren't doing it right" or "you don't know what you're talking about noob, it was a bug in Mac OS". I'm suprised I'm not being modded "troll" or whatever, or maybe I'm speaking too soon.

Meh.

Not quite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14978344)

The Matrix dvd will play fine in a Mac. The "enhanced features" e.g.: interactive sofware is windows only.

Re:Hmm... (2)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978351)

I was lazy... here's an article [osxfaq.com]

Re:Hmm... (2, Informative)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978374)

Nice try, but that was due to bugs in MacOS 8.x, not a WB/Microsoft conspiracy.

Re:Hmm... (1)

TheNoxx (412624) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978427)

Right... So it was just absolute luck that one of the best tech/hacker movies of all time is the only dvd that didn't work on the Mac DVD player? Somehow, the DeCSS just "magicked" it's ass into not playing on Mac OS?

Whatever. I've been using macs for over a decade now, and all us old mac users remember the little "Fuck You" messages from MS, whether it be the system-wide bugs that only ocurred after installing Windows Media Player or MS Word or Internet Explorer, or the Matrix DVD, all the sites that wouldn't support Netscape (back when it was a good browser). And of course, their's always an explanation as to how it must be Mac's fault somehow.

If any of the old Mac support forums were up, I'd show you, but... well, independant Mac sites are notorious for dying off.

Microsoft just dropped them some cash (3, Insightful)

codepunk (167897) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978232)

MS is just pissed off that they keep loosing market share on netcraft so the likely dropped godaddy a big ole wad of cash to move all those worthless
parked domains to IIS servers....To think there is a technical reason or advantage is pure hog wash...

And don't give me a bunch of bull about how great .net is. Being a ex asp programmer I grabbed the latest copy of visual studio and had a little go with
it.....guess what, it is still the same buggy piece of crap it always was.

Re:Microsoft just dropped them some cash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14978271)

You are a programmer? You write so poorly. Is that a Linux thing?

Microsoft just dropped them some Blow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14978448)

"And don't give me a bunch of bull about how great .net is. Being a ex asp programmer I grabbed the latest copy of visual studio and had a little go with
it.....guess what, it is still the same buggy piece of crap it always was."

Well I'm a Smalltalk/Lisp/Forth programmer and all the rest of you suck. So there! Pfft!

Resellers (0)

Eightyford (893696) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978234)

I wish GoDaddy would treat their resellers better. I am a co-owner of http://namecents.com/ [namecents.com] and I'm really starting to regret choosing GoDaddy over Enom. At least Enom would let the resellers know of such changes ahead of time.

Re:Resellers (1)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978264)

From your point of view, what exactly is changing?

Re:Resellers (1)

MmmmJoel (26625) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978371)

You should let the mods know about your link spam ahead of time. Then maybe you wouldn't be modded up.

Re:Resellers (-1, Flamebait)

Eightyford (893696) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978387)

You should let the mods know about your link spam ahead of time. Then maybe you wouldn't be modded up.

You should get a website from this host [namecents.com] so that you can have your very own blog to whine on.

The Real Reason (1)

repruhsent (672799) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978240)

It's hard to play TES:IV and F.E.A.R. on your webserver if it runs Linux.

So.... what about the non-parked domains? (0)

neo (4625) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978246)

I have a php on linux package there... are they moving away from these? Because if they are their going to lose my business.

Re:So.... what about the non-parked domains? (2)

winkydink (650484) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978282)

If you're not running MS, your domain will stop working.

If you believe this, I have great waterfront property in Florida I'd be willing to let you have. Cheap.

Bye, Daddy, (1)

Progman3K (515744) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978255)

Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out?

Must... not... puke... (1)

Biomechanical (829805) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978261)

"Our business is based on providing the best possible service at the lowest possible price. This strategy requires us to maximize all of our resources, particularly our technology assets," said Warren Adelman, GoDaddy.com president and COO. "It was clear from all of the testing we've conducted that Microsoft provides an efficient and scalable operating platform, while also providing the performance needed to handle our extraordinary growth."

Gnnrh, erk, urgh, aangh... twitch... spasm

"Microsoft solutions for the Web hosting industry have continued to gain traction in the market over the past several years. Go Daddy's decision to migrate its domains to the Windows platform is a significant validation point of our strategy," said Pascal Martin, general manager of Worldwide Hosting at Microsoft. "The industry has reached a point where Web hosting providers must rapidly deploy new high-value services, while simultaneously reducing operating costs in order to compete. Microsoft along with its ecosystem of partners provides the solutions to help hosters fulfill both goals."

So let me get this straight, GoDaddy are going to "maximize all of our resources, particularly our technology assets" by switching to a system with higher general resource requirements and higher cash costs than they have now?

When did they change management and why has that man, or body of men, not been smacked around repeatedly with a nice fat, two tonne LART?

I need Windows reliability for my parked domain! (5, Funny)

poopie (35416) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978266)

When I waste money registering misspelled domain names and register tons of word combinations while speculating on new product names, I need somewhere that can handle the strenuous demands of parking my domains.

I'm not stupid - I wouldn't trust the job of handling web redirects to any of that old legacy stuff like UNIX. That stuff was old back when I was using Windows 3.1... and Windows has gotten a lot better since then. When people try to access my domainnames, I expect the performance of Geniune Windows.

I know that sometimes domain names need to be rebooted too, like when critical updates get applied, but that's okay. I wouldn't want my domain names parked on an unpatched, so-called "highly available" server.

No sir, it's genuine-windows-advantage-plays-for-sure for me and my domain collection.

Re:I need Windows reliability for my parked domain (1)

saleenS281 (859657) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978342)

I know this might sound crazy. But perhaps GoDaddy might use... I dunno... cluster services, so that when they're rebooting one server it all fails over to the second.

Re:I need Windows reliability for my parked domain (1)

st1d (218383) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978458)

Which instantly crashes due to the sudden surge in load... :)

Re:I need Windows reliability for my parked domain (1)

0racle (667029) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978379)

Well I'm sold.

My guess: Microsoft paid GoDaddy to change. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14978272)

My experience with GoDaddy shows that the company takes advantage of people with little technical experience by confusing them. Visit the GoDaddy website [godaddy.com] yourself and see what you think. It's filled with ads, especially when you are in the second and third pages of registering a domain.

I'm guessing Microsoft paid GoDaddy to change. That would fit with my conception of the behavior of both of them.

Re:My guess: Microsoft paid GoDaddy to change. (1)

rinkjustice (24156) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978450)

Their website is confusing, that's for sure.

Re:My guess: Microsoft paid GoDaddy to change. (2, Insightful)

mabu (178417) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978474)

In my 12 years of working on the Internet, no registrar with the possible exception of Network Solutions has caused more wholesale heartache for legitimate customers than Godaddy. They are the biggest bunch of sleazebags on the planet. At least NSI had an excuse... they had monopoly power early on and exploited it. GoDaddy came out of the gate with the intention to defraud, mislead and exploit consumers. Every time I have a client who is using them, my immediate response is, "Oh Fuck!" That's how much they suck. That's how difficult it is to get any decent amount of customer service; that's how much bullshit I have to go through in order to get my client domains operating properly. There is no worse domain registrar on the planet in my opinion than GoDaddy. If you're a total moron, you use GoDaddy. That's it plain and simple. There are no people who disagree with me; there are merely people who haven't been screwed over yet, and will be eventually. That's the GoDaddy creedo that they haven't figured out.

Please to let me say I told you so. If you're smart you won't deal with Godaddy. I have no incentive to say this beyond the fact that my many years of trouble and torment from these jerkwads forces me to not even wish upon my worst enemy, the sleaziness that is their operation.

Should've gotten adblock (1)

Mr. Freeman (933986) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978279)

"a technology platform that is security-enhanced, highly scalable and easy to manage."

That sounds exactly like the junk that Microsoft spews in their ads. This is advertising money at work.

MS is Paying GoDaddy for this i heard. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14978283)

I heard MS is paying godaddy for doing this a lot of money. All MS wants is to say most domain names are hosted on a windows platform.

They will come back...! (2, Insightful)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978289)

I beg the Linux zealots not to do their thing right away. GoDaddy will come back sooner or later. Nothing can hide a fact, nothing! We've seen this before. They will come back. May be this is part of the incompetence I have seen in US companies lately. I hope I am wrong.

Maybe it's for the best (1)

kerohazel (913211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978317)

GoDaddy's tech staff obviously isn't capable of configuring anything running on Linux (see the last GoDaddy article). Personally I'd rather see them send proper HTTP headers on a Windows platform than such malformed ones using Linux.

Microsoft probably paid them for this... (5, Interesting)

drasfr (219085) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978355)

That is my assumption... I used to work for Register.com and we were having a HUGE number of parked domains and redirected domains served by Linux. Basically Microsoft approached us and offered us a pile of cash AND some of their engineers to help so we migrate the servers serving this (futurestep it was called if i remember right) to Windows and that they can use that as advertisement AND that netcraft would show a significant change in the number of sites hosted by Windows.... Let's say that it was very hard to refuse this...

So yeah... I would assume the same. How much money/services did they got from Microsoft?

Re:Microsoft probably paid them for this... (1)

biocute (936687) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978394)

I wonder why it is not possible to have both Linux and Microsoft hosting to suit different customers.

Since Microsoft is paying for netcraft stats on those dead/parked domain names, GoDaddy could put everything to IIS by default, and those who choose to stay with Linux may do so.

This would have created a win-win-win situation for customers, GoDaddy and Microsoft.

So what (3, Insightful)

icepick72 (834363) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978391)

Oh c'mon, Go Daddy is not suddenly the bad guy because they chose a different technology platform. They didn't choose it to make Linux advocates resentful or to make Microsoft partners happy. It was a business decision. They think it will help them for their specific need. If Mac OSX would have been more helpful to their business they would have chosen it instead, or Atari OS or whatever. So what if they had problems with non-Microsoft browsers in the past or not; the author tries to draw a correlation but it's irrelevant. The author is just acting stupid I'm afraid to say. I mean, the issue is very interesting in and of itself, but I want to see mature discussion. Let's not put Go Daddy down because we prefer apples over oranges. I would rather see mature discussion about the switch. Indeed the good posts are already coming in ...

Re:So what (1)

mabu (178417) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978441)

You're right. Godaddy is not suddenly the bad guy.

They've been the bad guy for ages [google.com] .

I would sooner have my fingernails pulled out with a rusty pair of pliers than EVER do business with Godaddy.

How to counter this (2, Interesting)

Omega Blue (220968) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978398)

When you boss points out this time you can say, "Google uses Linux, not Windows."

I don't think 10,000 outfits such as GoDaddy are going to have a pull anywhere near Google collectively.

Related issues ? - they lost my email forwards (1)

BigSlowTarget (325940) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978403)

Interesting article. I found out today that Godaddy had lost all of the email forwarding accounts I had set up for my friends, family and coworkers on March 6th. Not sure that its related to the server switch, but their tech support couldn't tell me why it happened. Their response - well, email forwarding is just the tiniest bit of web hosting and we don't really track it that much. Maybe so, but try telling that to the fifty people not getting their email.

It had to be said... (5, Funny)

javacowboy (222023) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978415)

... Who's your daddy now?

Not totally ditching it... (1)

crhylove (205956) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978417)

Or they'll lose LOTS of business. They did default my site to MS, but I called and asked them to switch it to linux as I use php forums, and php gallery, etc.

rhY

Makes some sense (1, Interesting)

GeorgeMcBay (106610) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978418)

This move isn't surprising because of the fact that ASP.NET has become fairly well adopted among a sizable group of web developers. Merits of Linux vs Windows on the server aside (each has pros and cons), it is clearly easier to standardize on a single platform than to support both, and if you're going to support ASP.NET, Windows is required. On the other hand, all the web technologies that are often deployed on Linux like Apache and PHP and mod_perl and whatever else are also available for Windows, giving Windows the superset of oft-used web development technologies and thus the win.

Note: I am, of course, aware of Mono, and it is great, but doesn't implement all the .NET APIs (particularly .NET 2.0), and therefore isn't really a solution for people who need ASP.NET support that Just Works.

Marketing Ideas (5, Funny)

st1d (218383) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978423)

"Microsoft, the preferred platform for content-free websites"

"Microsoft, recommended by 9 out of 10 get-rich quick customers"

Seems kind of appropriate that MS is out to capture the scammer segment of the market, doesn't it? (Apologies to folks who park sites to protect themselves from scam artists.)

I'd do it too. (1)

lancejjj (924211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978429)

If Microsoft provided me with all new servers and gave me a bunch of support and management people for 5 years, I'd seriously consider migrating to Microsoft's platform too.

But if not, well, I'll stay with my functional, stable, inexpensive, fast, secure, scalable, reliable Linux based systems.

But that's just me. Call me a risk-adverse cheapskate - I can take it.

Godaddy and Microsoft: two peas in a pod (1)

mabu (178417) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978432)

This makes perfect sense for anyone who's had experience with both Godaddy and Microsoft products. This is good news for those of us who want more stability and performance in our offerings. It's even easier to steer clear of these monstrosities. Now let's see if we can get Hyundai and Network Solutions to team up.

Bad move (1)

Drysh (868378) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978434)

Aren't they afraid of loosing clients? This is one of the few areas that we have great influence... I mean we, the tech guys who use Linux (and read /. ). People usualy ask us for a list of recomendations before choosing. And, unless they keep a Linux service (cheaper that MS servers), they won't be in my lists when a client asks me for web hosting.

You may say this is a political reason for a technical question. Yes, part of it. But I want to have Linux around when all those Windows servers stop working at the same time (I've seen it happen and I won't make the same mistake twice).

Linux option or no recomendation for them.

GoDaddy can... (1, Funny)

pebs (654334) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978436)

GoDaddy can GoFuckThemSelves.

Ok so I've already said that [slashdot.org] in the last Slashdot story [slashdot.org] about GoDaddy. But really, I didn't have any interest in doing business with GoDaddy before (though do buy domain names occasionally), and if they are stupid enough to choose Microsoft products for their servers, well I don't I'll ever have interest in doing business with them.

GoDaddy? (0, Offtopic)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978438)

Sounds like the cybernym of a beatnik or a pedophile.

Switching? (2, Informative)

Homestar Breadmaker (962113) | more than 8 years ago | (#14978452)

GoDaddy have always been MS shills. They've always touted their Windows hosting as superiour the linux. Their tech people don't know anything about linux, and try to sell you windows hosting when you have a problem with their pathetic linux offerings. Years ago when I saw them advertising how much more secure their windows hosting is compared to linux, I moved all my stuff away.
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