IDC analyst Al Hilwa noted in an email that SQL Server actually had its roots in the Unix world, since it originally began as a joint project with Sybase to support OS/2. "The product was evolved exclusively for Windows until this week when a Linux version, rumored to be in the lab for years, became available," Hilwa said.
The implication is that Microsoft has had this project in the works for some time and, by the same token, has potential solutions to the dependencies that other Windows Server products have on Windows.
The obstacles inherent in porting Windows Server apps to other platforms can be overcome in time with expertise, effort, and motivation. Microsoft has never lacked for the first two, and now it has the third as well: the motivation to not remain hidebound by the Windows legacy as the rest of the world moves on.
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