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Having virtualization at the kernel level "should give you a system performance boost and also add to the security model, so yes, this is a good way to go," said Robert. "I believe the day is coming where someone will send you a fully configured virtual server as a file with, say, an application already preinstalled, and maybe even customized to your environment so all you have to do is plug it in and make it go and maybe make a few tweaks to the software," he said. Persinger said that while this is a good concept, "there is too little information beyond the usual the next great revolution hype to really understand how itll be implemented upon actual release."
Riley was even more skeptical. "It sounds like [Microsoft is] trying to wipe out another add-on market. In the past, their track record for first releases has been really bad for that. Ask me again after it comes out," he said.
Even as Longhorns feature set is finalized, the Windows Server development team is already looking at features for releases beyond Longhorn, including Longhorn Release 2 and "Blackcomb," the version of Windows that will follow Longhorn and is expected to ship around 2010.

The focus in Longhorn Release 2 will be management, getting "Monad" technology—a new scripting/monitoring shell that enables command-line administration capabilities in a more automated way—integrated into the server system and improving the user interface, he said. Blackcomb will be centered on model-based management, an area Microsoft is working on more and more. There will also be more integration of the companys Dynamic Systems Initiative and in areas such as defining models across the system, Muglia said.

Source4s Persinger agreed that more and better management should be a focus beyond Longhorn, but he sees the "Monad" command-line improvements "at least partially a style push for the Unix/Linux nerds. Obviously, Microsoft isnt going to openly admit theyve made a decision because of that, but its something I still find quite hilarious," he said. Click here to read Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols column "No Monad. No Longhorn?" For his part, Robert said he is a little tired of the back and forth between the GUI and the command line. "For years, the command line was the way to go if you really wanted to get under the hood and make things happen. Then Microsoft made everything easier with the GUI, so you didnt have to rely on the command line as much, so now they want to make the command line a focus again? I dont get it," he said. When asked what he would most like to see Microsoft do with the next Windows, Riley replied tongue-in-cheek: "Release it sometime this decade." Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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