[SATLUG] Yahoo Merger: Technology presents biggest hurdle
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
I wouldn't. I'd leave.
Brad Knowles <brad at shub-internet.org>
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