Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Cats and Dogs, living together

Back in the late 90s, Linux began being seen as a threat at Microsoft.  The "Halloween Documents" were internal Microsoft memos outlining a strategy to compete with the then new upstart OS.  The folks in Redmond saw Open Source as a serious threat.

Seemingly, that's changed.  Microsoft has announced a version of SQL Server for Linux.

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I'm pretty sure that this is one of the signs of the Apocalypse ...

6 comments:

Old NFO said...

Yep, apparently hell has frozen over!!!

ccbpc said...

Insofar as I understand this, doesn't linux already have mysql and postgresql? I'm not real big on programming languages (yet) so I could be completely wrong, but what is the difference in the three and what makes anything from MS any better?

Eric Wilner said...

There is indeed no shortage of databeese for Linux (and *BSD, etc.) - not just the aforementioned MySQL and PostgreSQL, but (checks available packages on this outdated workstation) Firebird (Interbase derivative), Virtuoso, and various specialty offerings.
The true sign of the Apocalypse would be Office for the Linux desktop. Full document-format compatibility with clients is one of the few reasons I still have Windows around (since genuine MS Office causes progressive deterioration of file formats, and a much-edited file will surely have some format error that will choke Open/LibreOffice).

Borepatch said...

ccbpc, what surprised me is the 180 that Microsoft pulled. This never would have happened in a million years, 18 years ago. But it just happened.

libertyman said...

I guess Microsoft couldn't get their software to work either, so they looked for help.

matism said...

My bet is that you nailed it, libertyman. Either that, or the FedPigs have gotten Microsoft's help in creating a backdoor for Linux. I don't see the term "open source" in the description of their new product...