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Re: native Linux userland in Windows 10
- From: John Cowan <cowan at mercury dot ccil dot org>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:21:11 -0400
- Subject: Re: native Linux userland in Windows 10
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KARL BOTTS scripsit:
> Remember, they have tried basically the same thing at least twice
> before: the "POSIX Subsystem" of WinNT, and the "Unix Tools for Windows".
Actually, Microsoft hasn't. The Posix subsystem never did anything
useful and was just a cynical hack to satisfy government checklists.
Must support Posix -- check. But most limits were set as low as they
could go. OpenNT/Interix/WSU was a third-party product, and was an
entirely separate implementation of Posix, not quite matching any existing
OS. I ported a large proprietary Linux C++ program to it as a proof
of concept, and there were a lot of issues but it did eventually work.
The intention here is to match the Linux kernel, at least up to a point
(and nobody knows what that point is).
> I could be wrong. I'll give it a year or two to settle, and then give it a
> try. I just hope it does not interfere too much with my Cygwin setup, which I
> expect to keep for the foreseeable future.
It definitely doesn't affect Cygwin in any way.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan firstname.lastname@example.org
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