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An interesting article here – talking to Bill Hilf about Microsoft researching non-Windows server and desktop products:

Microsoft’s Linux and Open Source Software Lab serves as both a place to examine the threat posed to Microsoft products by open-source offerings and a venue for testing software from Microsoft and others that’s designed to span that divide. The lab is home to hundreds of servers and desktops that run dozens of different types of Linux and Unix.

Hilf has been pretty open about Microsofts investigation of Open Source and non-Windows technologies: