[wellylug] [news] Microsoft relies on Linux!

Klenner, Colin colin.klenner at eds.com
Fri Aug 29 12:27:31 NZST 2003


Gates: Do as I say, not as I do
MS relies on Linux to keep its own sites running 


Poet T.S. Eliot said April is the cruellest month, but Microsoft's Chairman
Bill Gates may beg to differ. August brought Windows users three major virus
attacks and MS' own Microsoft.com site was disabled twice as a result of
distributed denial of service attacks. 

MS customers flocked to MS' site to download patches to protect against the
Sobig virus and the Blaster worm. But many were dismayed to learn that MS'
own sites were temporarily put out of commission by the very security flaws
the patches were designed to protect against. 

In order to get Microsoft.com up and running again and reduce its continued
exposure to addition virus, worm and denial of service attacks, MS
contracted with Akamai. Akamai guarantees Internet content delivery through
its own secure worldwide network using - you guessed it - Linux! 

The open source software, which MS had called "a cancer," an "intellectual
property destroyer" and "not ready for the enterprise" proved its
mission-critical mettle. No comment from a red-faced Redmond.

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