Ballmer Announces Microsoft Support For Linux

    April 21, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

If this were April Fool’s day, I would have been tempted to discount this story immediately.

It’s twenty days later, and the comments by Microsoft’s CEO at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas must be amazing to Open Source followers:

We’ve added support for non-Windows virtual machines being hosted on top of our Virtual Server product, including support for Linux. Remember what I said earlier about interoperability? We’re really believing that. We know folks are going to want to run Windows systems and Linux systems and other systems together on top of our Virtual Server and Windows. You’ll see support for that later in the year.

Microsoft seems to have finally recognized what system administrators and network managers have known for several years. Interoperability between Microsoft and Linux hardware has become a necessity. Ever since Linus Torvalds developed the first stirrings of the Linux kernel, more and more technology professionals have turned to Linux.

Needs for certain server functions where needed in the enterprise without the relatively high cost of a Windows OS license drove the early adopters. Now, Linux vendors such as Redhat and Novell provide a polished corporate face to businesses, and perhaps this is what convinced the Redmond-based technologists to implement Linux support.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.