[clug] Speculation about Longhorn

Randall Crook rcrook at vtown.com.au
Thu Oct 30 21:03:49 EST 2003

On Thu, 2003-10-30 at 12:35, Andrew Roudenko wrote:
> 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 
> commercial takeup?
not while they continue using the fab licencing scheme "Upgrade"
business model.....:-)
> This is all speculation, but a bit of speculation never hurt :)
> Andrew Roudenko
Randall Crook
rcrook at vtown.com.au

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