[SATLUG] Yahoo Merger: Technology presents biggest hurdle

Borries Demeler demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu
Mon Feb 18 09:59:48 CST 2008

There was an interesting article in the NYTimes today - it makes the case
that one of the fundamental obstacles against the MS/Yahoo merger is the
fact that each company uses dissimilar operating systems and software systems.

Yahoo is based on open source software like FreeBSD, Java, Hadoop
(http://hadoop.apache.org/core/) and PHP, while MS of course wants to
run only MS proprietary systems. When MS acquired Hotmail, it was faced
with the same issue, and tried and failed to convert Hotmail from FreeBSD
to NT.

In addition, there are issues of religion. If MS were to acquire Yahoo,
would the Yahoo experts willingly help MS to convert Yahoo's technology
from FreeBSD to Windows Server? Would you? Once you had the chance to
use Linux or FreeBSD, why on earth would you ever want to switch to
MS? I personally couldn't stand having to work in such a restrictive

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