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Microsoft to present plan for Linux compatibility

Cliff Saran

Microsoft will present its strategy for Linux and Windows compatibility to the open source community at this week's LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco.

Bill Hilf, director, platform technology strategy at Microsoft, who heads a test lab running 400 Linux and Unix servers, is due to speak on the lessons learned from interoperability testing and management infrastructure for running mixed environments with Windows, Linux and Unix.

Other speakers include Oracle president Charles Phillips, who will discuss Linux and open source in service-oriented architectures and data grids. In this architecture, businesses can build composite applications by linking third-party services. With services becoming the predominant way that business processes are built, Phillips is expected to discuss the implications for open source services.

Steve Mills, senior vice-president and group executive for the software group at IBM, will discuss how Linux is transitioning to mainstream use for servers.

Alongside products from major IT suppliers such as Oracle, IBM, Novell and SAP, the show will preview new and ongoing open source products and programmes. One such project is OpenNMS, which claims to be the world's first enterprise-grade network management platform.

Another initiative being showcased at LinuxWorld is the Linux Test Project, a joint project of SGI, IBM, OSDL, Bull and Wipro Technologies. The goal is to deliver to the open source community easily deployable, automated test suites that validate the functionality reliability, robustness, and stability of Linux.


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