Microsoft to Go with WAMP Instead of LAMP

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2008-02-04 Print this article Print

Exactly what it is Microsoft is trying to do with open-source software anyway?

My long-time friend and colleague Mary Jo Foley recently talked with Sam Ramji, Microsoft's director of platform technology strategy at the company's Open Source Software Lab. The subject of their conversation was: "Exactly what it is Microsoft is trying to do with open-source software anyway?"

The answer? "Our focus is getting OSS [Open-Source Software] on top of Windows." Or, as Mary Jo aptly put it, "WAMP" (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python/Perl) instead of LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python/Perl).

The point is that Microsoft, so long as it has to put up with open-source programs, wants to turn OSS into just another Windows software stack. Linux, well, that's another matter entirely.

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I'm editor-at-large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. That's a fancy title that means I write about whatever topic strikes my fancy or needs written about across the Ziff Davis Enterprise family of publications. You'll find most of my stories in Linux-Watch, DesktopLinux and eWEEK. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, I worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects.

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