Microsoft Will Provide Support For Linux
Microsoft is to give Linux’ penguin mascot a plank across the ice. The software leviathan stunned a rookery of Linux users yesterday at a conference and expo in Boston with the revelation that it will now provide technical support for the open-source software running on Virtual Server, and would make Virtual Server 2005 R2 available free.
The plug-ins will allow users to run leading Linux distributions on Virtual Server 2005, including Red Hat (nasdaq: RHAT - news - people ) Enterprise Linux 4 and Novell (nasdaq: NOVL - news - people ) SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9.
A symbolic gesture from both a technology and support perspective: Zane Adam, director of product marketing in the Windows Server division at Bill Gates’Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ), explained that the move would “help customers safely consolidate their Linux-based applications on Virtual Server”.
In reference to the announcement that Virtual Server 2005 R2 is now available as a no-charge download, Adam explained that: “Combined with the flexible virtualization licensing now available with Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition, this means there is little barrier to adoption for customers who want to realize the benefits of server virtualization.”
Linux has so far gleaned the support of major corporations such as IBM (nyse: IBM - news - people ), Sun Microsystems (nasdaq: SUNW - news - people ), and Hewlett-Packard (nyse: HPQ - news - people ) for use in servers and is now gaining some popularity in the desktop market.