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Microsoft to acquire XenSource?



Well there is a rumor and this dutch article apparently talks about it and the way things have turned in Microsoft's favor since Lotus 1-2-3 days in the 80's:

Nu dan terug naar de toekomst. Mijn stelling is dat Microsoft het staaltje powerplay, zoals in de inleiding is beschreven, in de komende twee tot drie jaar gaat herhalen op het gebied van servervirtualisatie en mogelijk zelfs gaat beslissen in haar voordeel. Een goede observant zal hebben opgemerkt dat Microsoft zich flink aan het versterken is op verschillende gebieden van de virtualisatiemarkt. De overname van Connectix in 2003 zorgde voor een entree in de virtualisatiewereld met producten zoals Virtual PC en Virtual Server. In 2005 werd Virtual Server doorontwikkeld tot Virtual Server 2005 R2 dat ook gebruik kon maken van op x64 gebaseerde hardware. In 2006 werd Softricity overgenomen, waarmee het superieure applicatievirtualisatieproduct SoftGrid werd binnengehaald. Nu gaan er zelfs geruchten dat Microsoft (wellicht indirect via Novell), een overname overweegt op XenSource, de maker van het veelbelovende Enterprise Virtualisatie systeem XenEnterprise. Wat niet slecht zal uitkomen tijdens de onwikkeling van een hypervisor in de eerstvolgende versie van Windows Server - codenaam Windows Longhorn Server. Er is sprake van grote beroering in de open-sourcemarkt, waarbij Novell door sommigen zelfs als een verrader wordt aangemerkt.
We laten de polemiek en het wapengekletter nu even voor wat het is, zodat we ons kunnen concentreren op wat Windows Virtualization ons de komende jaren te bieden heeft.


Its this magazine and the article is written by Hans Vredevoort.

This blogger managed to paste it all on his blog. Read the dutch version and for the english version go the AltaVista.

Honestly if this does happen, then Microsoft would have hijacked the Linux dream and the Linux market space before we knew it. Like they say: If you can't lick'em, join'em. Guess Microsoft just did that!

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