Or you could move to another qmail based Web email system.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Irwan Hadi <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2000 11:40 PM
Subject: Fwd: Microsoft to Move Hotmail to Windows 2000

> Seems that Hotmail will be removed from the list of big companies using 
> qmail uh ?
> >by Dave Murphy, [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> >
> >Microsoft's free email service, Hotmail, currently boasts
> >30 million subscribers. But lately it's been plagued with
> >outages and security problems. In a "go for broke" move,
> >Microsoft will transition its more than 3,000 email servers
> >from the Unix-based FreeBSD operating system (OS) to
> >Microsoft's own Windows 2000.
> >
> >If it works it will be a great PR coup. But I'm thinking that
> >you should move your email account to Yahoo!,
> >Rocketmail, or another free service for a few months. I'm
> >thinking there's a good chance that Hotmail will bite the
> >dust a few times before it all gets sorted out.
> >
> >Reviews from system administrators about the stability of
> >Windows 2000 are mixed at best. It's a great system to
> >learn, because it's got Microsoft's imprimatur, and that
> >means there's consulting work associated with it -- some
> >businesses buy Microsoft products the way they used to
> >by IBM's -- purely because they don't want to think
> >outside the box.
> >
> >Microsoft has been ribbed for running it's leading free
> >email system on a competitor's OS, so I figure it's a
> >testosterone move: get the system running on our own
> >OS.
> >
> >What they're missing is that FreeBSD is a great OS. It's
> >been around a long time, and there's lots of technical
> >folks who know how to keep it running well.
> >
> >And I'd think Microsoft would learn from it's earlier
> >mistake. Back in '97 it tried to migrate Hotmail to
> >Windows NT. The project got so royally hung up, they put
> >the FreeBSD servers back online and scrapped their own
> >Windows NT systems. Now, here we are three years later--
> >well, let's just say I'm not willing to sell my front row
> >tickets to this show.
> >
> >I hate to see a great company fall down in public, and I'm
> >a big fan of Microsoft's applications -- they're pretty easy
> >to use, and they keep business users humming along. But
> >in general, most Unix servers are more stable than
> >Windows NT/2000 servers. The Windows servers just
> >have too much OS overhead.
> >
> >I've got my seat, popcorn in hand. Somebody dim the
> >houselights.
> >
> >Call for Comments
> >What do you think? Leave your comments on the
> >message center: http://itrain.org/msg/
> >
> >References
> >Hotmail: http://www.hotmail.com/
> >Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/
> >Message Center: http://itrain.org/msg/
> >
> >This article is posted to http://itrain.org/itinfo/2000/it000802a.html
> >
> >Live well, do good,
> >
> >--Dave Murphy

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