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[News] [Rival] Microsoft's Silver Lies Snubs Rivals, Citrix/Xen Used to Promote Microsoft

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft's Silver Lies Snubs Rivals, Citrix/Xen Used to Promote Microsoft
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 01:45:22 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Why Silverlight does not support Opera

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| With the release of Silverlight 2 in October, Microsoft added official 
| support for the newly released Google Chrome, in addition to IE, Firefox, and 
| Safari support. Support for Opera, and other browsers with little market 
| share, was nowhere to be seen.   


Microsoft's VMware assault: New Citrix management tools for Hyper-V

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| In the first quarter of 2009, Citrix will release its XenServer suite of 
| management tools that works with Microsoft Hyper-V rather than its own 
| XenServer hypervisor, said Lou Shipley, general manager and group vice 
| president of Citrix's XenServer unit, the Management Systems Group.   
| No live migration? No problem. Courtesy of Citrix Systems Inc., Microsoft's 
| relatively rudimentary Hyper-V virtualization offering is due to gain 
| valuable new management capabilities, which could catapult Hyper-V into the 
| same league as VMware Virtual Infrastructure.   


Yet more proof that Microsoft exploits Xen with its bride, Citrix.


Microsoft, Citrix grow alliance

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| Microsoft Corp. and Citrix Systems said they have expanded their alliance to 
| deliver and market joint virtualization products with Windows Server 2008. 


Citrix Systems Tops Estimates 

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| Citrix completed the acquisition of open source virtualization developer 
| XenSource about halfway through the quarter. It added $2 million to Citrix 
| revenue. XenSource is expected to generate $50 million in revenue for 2008 
| and about $50 million to $60 million in expenses.   
| For 2009, XenSource is expected to contribute $200 million to the top line. 
| The bulk of that will come from its server products, CEO Mark Templeton said. 
| XenSource desktop virtualization products will initially be used in corporate 
| pilot programs.    
| "We think we can build in the server virtualization market the same kind of 
| symbiotic relationship with Microsoft (MSFT - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) 
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| that we had with [the Citrix] Presentation Server," which works atop Windows 
| Server, Templeton said. "We'll be the third player in server virtualization" 
| after VMware (VMW - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) and partner Microsoft.    



Microsoft targets VMware with new strategy

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| Citrix is developing a software tool that helps Microsoft's Hyper-V 
| virtualization feature in the upcoming Windows Server 2008 to work more 
| easily with Citrix's XenServer product.  
| [...]
| Microsoft has acquired a start-up company called Calista Technologies and 
| expanded its alliance with Citrix Systems, targeting VMware's early lead in 
| virtualization technology.  


Microsoft Pushes Virtualization

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| Microsoft announced that it competed acquisituion of Calista Technologies, a 
| San Jose, Calif.-based start-up that makes computer graphics for virtualized 
| computers, and an expanded partnership with Citrix Systems  (nasdaq: CTXS -  
| news  -  people ), a VMware competitor based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
| Microsoft and Citrix will jointly market services that "virtualize" 
| computers, operating systems and applications.     
| Microsoft's shot across the bow at VMware is inevitable as companies 
| throughout industry shift to Web-based services. "Microsoft needs to get 
| something into the market quickly," says Roger Kay, president of technology 
| research firm Endpoint Technologies Associate. "Windows Office has 10 years 
| to burn, but it will become less relevant."    
| [...]
| A Microsoft-Citrix combination could present formidable competition to 
| VMware, he suggests. Buying Citrix, however, would be a significant deal: The 
| company has a market capitalization of $6.4 billion.  


For Citrix, Target Acquired

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| You said earlier this year that Citrix is an "admirer" of Microsoft for its 
| innovation, Adobe for its strong brand and Apple for its easy-to-use 
| products. After watching your swift acquisition pace and the kind of 
| companies you target for acquisition, I would argue Citrix is patterned more 
| after Cisco Systems. Do you think that's a reasonable argument?    
| You are thinking of the acquisition point of view instead of the comments I 
| made. Those were about role models. Cisco has not been a role model for our 
| acquisitions. They are a fabulous company. We love Cisco. When I talk about 
| Microsoft, Adobe and Apple, they are role models for the things I cited.   
| I happen to be a huge believer in role models. It's pragmatic: If someone 
| does something really well, study it and translate that into your own 
| business. I think it applies to companies and people. The way you better 
| yourself is to find someone you want to be like and try to be like them. That 
| impacts the way we work at Citrix.     


Ballmer: Microsoft Will Buy Open-Source Companies

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| "We will do some buying of companies that are built around open-source 
| products," Ballmer said during an onstage interview at the Web 2.0 Summit in 
| San Francisco.  


Is Microsoft Hijacking Open Source?

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| What really worries me is what looks like an emerging pattern in Microsoft's 
| behaviour. The EU agreement is perhaps the first fruit of this, but I predict 
| it will not be the last. What is happening is that Microsoft is effectively 
| being allowed to define the meaning of “open source” as it wishes, not as 
| everyone else understands the term. For example, in the pledge quoted above, 
| an open source project is “not commercially distributed by its 
| participants” - and this is a distinction also made by Kroes and her FAQ.      
| In this context, the recent approval of two Microsoft licences as 
| officially “open source” is only going to make things worse. Although I felt 
| this was the right decision – to have ad hoc rules just because it's 
| Microsoft would damage the open source process - I also believe it's going to 
| prove a problem. After all, it means that Microsoft can rightfully point to 
| its OSI-approved licences as proof that open source and Microsoft no longer 
| stand in opposition to each other. This alone is likely to perplex people who 
| thought they understood what open source meant.       
| [...]
| What we are seeing here are a series of major assaults on different but 
| related fields – open source, open file formats and open standards. All are 
| directed to one goal: the hijacking of the very concept of openness. If we 
| are to stop this inner corrosion, we must point out whenever we see wilful 
| misuse and lazy misunderstandings of the term, and we must strive to make the  
| real state of affairs quite clear. If we don't, then core concepts like “open 
| source” will be massaged, kneaded and pummelled into uselessness.     


Will Microsoft Buy the New Citrix?  

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| VMware, holding some 85 percent of the market, with its VI3 technologies 
| offers a fully integrated stack and represents a third generation of 
| virtualization technology, while Viridian and Xen-based products, including 
| SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, XenEnterprise 
| and Virtual Iron, remain second-generation products, the report stated.    


Heady Days for Virtual Systems

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| The former Microsoft general manager is
| now vice president of XenSource, a Palo Alto, Calif., virtualization 
| company with a growing outpost in Redmond, Wash.


What the XenSource deal says about open source

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| This is what Citrix is paying for. That and a close relationship with 
| Microsoft that looks likely to get closer. “We will be building dynamic 
| virtualization services and management tools on top of Viridian,” Levine 
| added. “We will build the same set of products we’ve built on top of Xen for 
| Viridian. We’ve already hired a team to go do that up in Redmond.”    
| While Citrix maintained it will continue support for the Xen project, this 
| deal is not about a proprietary vendor getting open source religion. It's 
| about grabbing an emerging player in a rapidly expanding sector of the 
| market.   

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