[clug] Speculation about Longhorn
aroudenko at optusnet.com.au
Thu Oct 30 12:35:31 EST 2003
I know speculation is futile, but Id really like to know what others think of this:
Is it possible that the VERY long release cycle for MS Longhorn is due to them
incorporating a BSD kernel?
There could be a number of advantages to this. They finally get the "secure"
operating system they have been talking about without having to either totally redo
Win or start from scratch.
They get to jump on board the *Nix bandwagon. When someone in IT suggests to
their manager to go with GNU/Linux due to MS being buggy / unsafe etc the reply
can be along the lines that Longhorn IS a *Nix AND it will fully support all our
current applications AND after all it is still MS so we get the support.
Also, that would answer why they are pushing .Net so heavily, to reduce
dependency on the current Win kernel.
MS is talking about how huge a step Longhorn will be, could this be the killer
announcement they will make?
And could a move like this stop GNU/Linux dead in its tracks when it comes to
This is all speculation, but a bit of speculation never hurt :)
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