UNIX in Vista (qualified opinions please)

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Steve Hart, Nov 30, 2007.

  1. Steve Hart

    Steve Hart Guest

    Hello knowledgebase:

    I recently had an exchange with a coworker who told me that his friends @
    MS told him that Vista's OS (or more specifically, its core kernel) shares
    some commonalities with UNIX (or more specifically, its microkernel)... See
    below for his claim:

    "Interestingly enough the architect of NT based the OS Mechanics off of
    4.3.0000 BSD UNIX and in turn the Vista core kernel incorporates more of the
    UNIX micro-kernel system. I got that information from some friends at

    If you have accurate/better info on the subject let me know.

    It also
    shows up with programming constructs that are more Unix like and the number
    of easier ports like, PERL and scripting."

    I am seeking qualified opinions on the accuracy of the above. Not being an
    architect of NT -- I don't feel qualified to respond. Thanks in advance!
    Steve Hart, Nov 30, 2007
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  2. Steve

    Your talking about source code. You won't find a lot of information about
    this since the source code for Windows is considered a trade secret.

    Windows does include a Subsystem for UNIX applications.

    Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications:

    Microsoft also has a source code sharing program.

    Windows Shared Source Licensing Programs:

    Mark Russinovich-Windows Administration: Inside the Windows Vista Kernel:
    Part 1 of 3.
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Nov 30, 2007
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  3. I'm afraid your friend is confused. The easily verifiable fact is that
    many of the developers that worked on the original version of NT had
    worked previously at DEC(Digital Equipment Corp) and were influenced
    by DEC's VMS. And to be influenced by another operating systems'
    concepts is not the same as incorporating the same features, etc.

    True you can run Perl on windoze but it isn't the same thing. In fact
    many Perl scripts will not run on both platforms unless the programmer
    takes care to avoid OS specific calls. And if you have to spend so
    much time doing that what's the use?


    Andy C.(never #)
    Andy C.(never #), Nov 30, 2007
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