Feeds

MS releases Linux FrontPage software

Ah, but it's not the app, it's a tipping of the hat to Apache

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Outdated Microsoft nearly produces Linux applications, it would appear. Truffle-hound Mr Natural (Click for site) has found what appears to be a Linux version of FrontPage 4.0 lurking in the dungeons of the company's FTP site. But the Web is an awesome thing. Within the hour of The Register revealing Microsoft's secret activities in the Linux arena, news started coming in from readers who'd grabbed the file and investigated. And despite what the filename seems to imply, it's really only the server-side extensions to make FrontPage work with Apache, not a Linux implementation of FrontPage itself. The file is available here, and seems to have been posted quietly during a flurry of activity late last month. Mr Natural tells us that Microsoft has been up to this game for a while, having posted the same software for FrontPage 3.0 in December last year. It's not entirely obvious why Microsoft produced it, and considering that the company has so far failed to mention its existence to anyone, it'd be stretching it a bit to interpret the move as heralding a Redmond plunge into Linux support. One of our downloaders has thoughtfully sent us the readme and the licence agreement from the file, and you won't be surprised to learn there are no obvious open source breakthroughs in the latter. But even so, although we haven't got a move by MS into Linux apps yet, we certainly have got a tacit admission that Apache is too big to ignore. Later still, some killjoy informs us that FrontPage for Apache has been around since V2. So there goes that story, but it was fun while it lasted. As a peace offering our informant says: "Of course, that doesn't stop it from sucking badly - there are a number of basic implementation issues MS haven't bothered to work around, which leaves any half competent user able to drive a bus through your unix security holes." ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?
MPAA calls Canadians a bunch of bootlegging movie thieves
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories
No agenda here. Just don't ever mention Net neutrality or spying, ok?
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.