'High-profile anti-Unix site runs Unix'

  • Posted: 02 April 2002 01:13 PM

    It’s a rather interesting article.  The anti-Unix site < [url=] [/url]> is run by Microsoft and Unisys and is served on Unix.

    You can find the article here:

    Netcraft confirms that the site does indeed run on a type of Unix.  According to the following URL, is running on FreeBSD:

    David Nelson
    TMO Mac Specialist

    <font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: David Nelson on 2002-04-01 12:50 ]</font>

  • Posted: 01 April 2002 09:33 AM #1

    Leave it to Microsoft to screw up their own FUD…


    G5 Inside

  • Posted: 01 April 2002 09:44 AM #2

    Well, what better way would there be to, e.g., bash NT than from an NT server. One could say “It’s bad, really bad, and we should know, we have the eXPerience”


    Seemed like a good idea at the time

  • Posted: 01 April 2002 10:45 AM #3

    This is worse than the “Hotmail” (use of Unix) mess from some time back. Microsoft screwed this up in a big way.



    Hmmm… software.

  • Posted: 01 April 2002 11:02 AM #4

    Too bad this isn’t an April Fools Day joke.

    But hey, Microsoft is the best at what they do. Screwing things up. Did they seriously think people wouldn’t check what server a server-bashing site is running on? Geeeeez.

    Then again, maybe this whole campaign is a joke. That would explain it.


    Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!

  • Posted: 01 April 2002 11:10 AM #5

    MS should make the big move and put on Windows XP - then we’d never have to deal with it again because it’d never be up, much like their Win2k ‘hack this’ site of old, that never did get hacked because it was never actually online for more than a few minutes.

    I wonder how far MS will get with this campaign. They clearly didn’t get too far with their attempts to discredit Linux, so now they go after something even more mature and entrenched like unix (and not even a particular flavor).. The funny thing is that anyone who is running some flavor of unix in their shop clearly knows what they’re doing - so what are the odds they’ll switch?

  • Posted: 01 April 2002 02:55 PM #6

    This is almost as hilarious as it is ironic

  • Posted: 01 April 2002 04:09 PM #7

    On 2002-04-01 18:55, DawnTreader wrote:
    This is almost as hilarious as it is ironic

    At first I thought the article was an April Fools joke.

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    Posted: 01 April 2002 04:18 PM #8

    Microsoft isn’t The Ultimate Evil…
    It’s Dr. Evil…
    It’s Scott Evil…
    Diet Evil…
    The margarine of evil…

    Microsoft has earned their place of power by smart business deals and stupid competition, and now controls the market through sheer momentum. I’ve come to expect this from them, repeatedly. It’s like watching a politician make stupid remarks repeatedly. We can all just smile, and nod, and wonder how on earth we let them into a position of power.


    -Jon Roth

    Instant Philosopher; Just add hot topic and stir.

  • Posted: 02 April 2002 03:08 AM #9

    Wonderfully, delightfully Microsoft…



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  • Posted: 02 April 2002 11:55 AM #10

    Oooh, lookie here !

    How much you wanna bet someone got fired (or stuffed into a blender set on Puree) over that little… mishap?

    Hee hee.


    Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!

  • Posted: 02 April 2002 12:02 PM #11

    More fun at the expense of Microsoft:

    Ladies and gentlemen, we have a spoof !

    Also, I cannot load Microsoft’s site. So either IIS has crashed and burned already, or they are blocking unix browsers. Either way, bravo!


    Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!

  • Posted: 02 April 2002 12:23 PM #12

    I believe that has succumbed to the slashdot effect. The folks over there have spent the entirety of the morning poking and prodding the site. Port scanning it, nmapping it, trying to break into it, and in general looking for any and all evidence that the server is either (a) really running FreeBSd but spoofing it’s identity or (b) actually running IIS and what vulnerabilities are open.

    Take a gander at the discussion there to see what people are up to - it’s nuts!

    My personal favorite: try loading and you’ll get a ‘directory listing denied’ error (how did Win2k get a bin directory?). Now try and you’ll download a file called ‘ls’. Now what kind of Win2k package includes a file called /bin/ls?? I believe its called FreeBSD..

  • Posted: 02 April 2002 01:13 PM #13

    Innnnnnteresting. The new site supposedly running IIS is hosed. This is all that’s left:

    meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1252">
    meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-us">

    So it was loading, there just wasn’t anything to load. So, was it hacked, or did MS pull it? Hmmmmmmm.

    Also, the old version of the site is still there, plugging along with FreeBSD.


    Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!