[SATLUG] Yahoo Merger: Technology presents biggest hurdle

Brad Knowles brad at shub-internet.org
Mon Feb 18 22:16:01 CST 2008

On 2/18/08, Borries Demeler wrote:

>  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.

It tried, and failed.  Several times over.  But they never gave up, 
and after the fifth or sixth attempt, they finally made it -- with 
about five times as many machines.  Hotmail doesn't exist anymore. 
Only Windows Live exists.

>  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
>  environment.

I wouldn't.  I'd leave.

Brad Knowles <brad at shub-internet.org>
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