Erik Funkenbusch <erik@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Uhh.. where did you get that piece of "information"? That's simply not
> true. Microsoft has ran nearly all it's sites off NT since IIS was
> released in 1996. The only exceptions that I can think of were outsourced
> sites in other countries, and Hotmail when they bought it (it took about 3
> years to convert to Windows).
> Please back up this claim.
He is probably refer to the news splash a while back when it was
discovered that Microsoft was front-ending their web sites with a
distributed web caching service that was running on non-Windows
systems (Linux? FreeBSD?... I don't remember the details now)
Ironic, but not exactly Earth shattering. The hosting on the
back end was still all Windows and MS probably just did not do
their homework regarding what they were buying when they signed
up for the service. As I recall, they did not take much time to
rectify what was largely a PR blunder on their part.
All that being said, Linux works really nice for that sort of
highly replicated, distributed, heavy bandwidth application, so
they should have anticipated the possibility. Google uses it
for a reason after all.