In collaboration with Microsoft, TurnKey Linux to relaunch as TurnKey Windows

Brett Alton brett.jr.alton at
Sun Apr 5 14:05:17 BST 2009

Just letting you all kno that I was pretty upset about it. I was
thinking of writing a strongly worded e-mail to your guys but figured
I should wait a couple hours to cool down. By then, I realized it was
April Fools and assumed your news to be as well.

You got me ;)

PS: We do have April Fools in Canada, I just usually am more trusting
than most :S

On Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 5:50 PM, Farran Lee <fazzy.baboon at> wrote:
> On Wed, 2009-04-01 at 16:04 +0300, Liraz Siri wrote:
> (Sorry guys, Ubuntu was fun, but money talks!)
> SEOUL Apr. 1, 2009 In a keynote address at the 2009 Federated
> Assembly of Korean Engineers, Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer
> Steve Ballmer announced a broad business and technical collaboration
> agreement with the open source project formerly known as TurnKey Linux
> to build, market and support a series of TurnKey Windows software
> appliances, based on the upcoming Windows 7 operating system.
> Under the technical collaboration agreement, Microsoft and the open
> source project formerly known as TurnKey Linux will create a joint
> research facility and develop new software appliance solutions for use
> with leading virtualization solutions such as Microsoft Virtual PC and
> Hyper-V Server.
> The key components of the reciprocal agreement are:
> * The project formerly known as TurnKey Linux will relaunch as TurnKey
>   Windows at
> * Microsoft will collaborate with TurnKey Windows to develop appliances
>   based on Windows 7, Microsoft's highly anticipated next-generation PC
>   operating system, slated for release in 2010. In the interim, new beta
>   TurnKey Windows appliances will be based on Windows Server 2008.
> * Existing TurnKey Linux users will be automatically upgraded to an
>   equivalent TurnKey Windows appliance as soon as one becomes available.
>   By allowing an appliance to upgrade automatically users implicitly
>   accept the new End User License Agreement.
> * Microsoft will generously allow free usage of TurnKey Windows
>   appliances for the duration of the Beta, after which the appliances
>   will require activation of a mandatory subscription plan. The new pay
>   as you go model is intended to dramatically reduce total cost of
>   ownership.
> Jointly developed beta versions of TurnKey Windows appliances will be
> made available to MSDN, TechBeta and TechNet customers. Consumers who
> want to test-drive a beta appliance will be able to download the TurnKey
> Windows Core beginning Apr. 31 at
> Under the agreement, TurnKey Windows is establishing clear leadership
> among software appliance vendors and Microsoft will officially recommend
> TurnKey Windows for customers who want software appliance solutions.
> Additionally, Microsoft will distribute coupons for on-demand deployment
> of TurnKey Windows appliances in it's Azure utility cloud.
> "Too often open source projects ask monopolistic proprietary vendors to
> adapt and embrace open source ideals. Today we are adapting our ideals
> to a very generous monopolistic proprietary vendor" said Alon Swartz,
> co-founder and CEO of TurnKey Windows.
> Following a sizeable donation by Microsoft, founders of the project
> formerly known as TurnKey Linux agreed to rebuild all future appliances
> on Windows 7. The upcoming operating system is designed to make everyday
> tasks faster and easier, and make new things possible for end users.
> Windows 7 reflects an evolved approach to engineering that will promote
> interoperability between a wide and diverse range of Microsoft Windows
> operating systems and incorporates advanced security features guaranteed
> to prevent next-generation Windows installations from spontaneously
> bursting into flames.
> Windows 7 is being designed to provide a solid platform to enable a new
> generation of solutions. Windows 7 will enable developers to be more
> productive and offers new capabilities to create more stunning
> applications. The next generation operating system will include many
> groundbreaking innovations including a new taskbar, Ribbon, which will
> include a simple flight simulator program and a new version of Internet
> Explorer which will feature entirely new ways to allow Nigerians to
> rearrange your desktop icons.
> To learn more about this announcement, join the Microsoft TurnKey
> Windows webcast, which will be broadcast live at 11 a.m. ET on April
> 31, 2009. The webcast will also be available for replay.
> Like many commercial transactions, the financial terms of the agreement
> are not being disclosed at this time.
> About TurnKey Windows
> ---------------------
> TurnKey Windows, formerly known as TurnKey Linux, delivers software
> appliances that help organizations do more will less by reducing
> unnecessary friction and leveraging virtualization and cost-effective
> on-demand infrastructure.
> About Microsoft
> ---------------
> Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq MSFT) is the worldwide leader in
> software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize
> their full potential.
> lol that was an April Fool... Don't know if you have April Fool outside of
> the UK hehe
> ===================================
> Farran Lee
> I'm only 16 :P
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