Skype's Network Ditches P2P Tech for Linux Boxes

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drwho1

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"Skype now uses thousands of Linux-based servers that have been "hardened" for the most common types of hack attacks."

On other news, attackers have move into newer less common attacks,
 

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[citation][nom]RazorBurn[/nom]Microsoft will use Linux Servers?? Does anyone see the irony in this??[/citation]

... they couldn't afford all of that pesky licensing! oh... wait.
 

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[citation][nom]RazorBurn[/nom]Microsoft will use Linux Servers?? Does anyone see the irony in this??[/citation]
I was thinking the exact same thing through the read. Irony is part of it, but more importantly, should I now have less faith in their Windows Server OS?
 

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um matt_b you probably should if the company doesn't use its own OS to do sever side operations there is a flaw in it that they were not able to fix and thus you probably shouldn't use it as due to that flaw what ever it might be
 

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Hmm... Linux or Windows, which to use... As a man with a brain, Linux definitely is appropriate. As a die-hard Microsoft fan, I'll just use what they use.

Linux it is!
 

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[citation][nom]RazorBurn[/nom]Microsoft will use Linux Servers?? Does anyone see the irony in this??[/citation]

Microsoft been employing Linux and BSD admins for a long time and one of the largest Linux staff employer and even have their own Linux development department, not always just making things to happen but also copy GPL licensed software and then sell it with a Microsoft EULA.
 

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Linux servers have a purpose the same as microsoft servers do, its important to play on both sides of the fence since that way they can market products to both.
 

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Who cares what its running on...
Can I finally get skype on something other than a verizon phone without hacking my provider code???????
I can't install it on half the devices I have. Need to increase the installation base.

Its a great tool that is still very limited.
 

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id guess that the linux thing is compatibility reasons right now, reducing the servers and increasing the amount they can handle could be a stopgap between a full transition...

keep in mind, skype is a service that if it blacked out or failed for a lenghy period of time (a full server os switch) could kill the product, even if it came back better than before.
 

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[citation][nom]sandmanwn[/nom]Who cares what its running on...Can I finally get skype on something other than a verizon phone without hacking my provider code???????I can't install it on half the devices I have. Need to increase the installation base.Its a great tool that is still very limited.[/citation]
Haha, very true. And most people care probably because it's akin to Apple using Windows NT servers for it's iTunes user authentication servers, or Microsoft using MacOS X servers for it's Xbox network backbone. If your product really is as badass as you hype it to be, then why do you need some CrApple or MS_BS to run it on? The real badass companies make their own products and use it. Like Google using GWS for it's web serving needs. :)
 

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Theyuse Linux because it is more ideally built for that specific task, and instead of building up a brand new OS from ground up they took a shortcut and customized Linux kernel for themselves...
 

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The guy in charge of Skype was only allowed to use the 2012 version of Windows server, no other..
In that light, I dont see where he had a choice..
 
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