On Thu, 13 Dec 2012, Allan Duncan <amd2345(a)fastmail.com.au> wrote:
Unlikely - GPL issues. BSD however...
There is nothing preventing anyone from running proprietary code on a GPL
kernel. If MS wanted to use the Linux kernel then they would probably add
some features that they need to deal with case in filenames, different IPC
mechanisms, which they would release under the GPL (this is OK even if Linus
doesn't like the code). Then they would have proprietary libraries using
those system calls to provide the interface to Windows applications - which is
On Thu, 13 Dec 2012, Jason White <jason(a)jasonjgw.net> wrote:
I would expect it to be possible at the cost of
backward compatibility. It
is extremely unlikely ever to happen:
I agree that it's unlikely, but I don't think it would necessarily break
backward compatibility for applications.
Microsoft have a modern kernel, the
design of which is said to derive from Vax VMS.
Apparently some of the VMS
people went to Microsoft and developed what became the Windows NT kernel.
In any case, given that Microsoft already have one of their own, there is
absolutely no reason for them to change.
Developing your own kernel nowadays is a fairly stupid thing to do when
there's a range of decent ones available for free. MS gets no real
competitive advantage by having their own kernel and haven't done so since the
days of OS/2. If they are going to be developing system software in the long
term it would make sense for them to use a free kernel and save some
development money - and maybe assign the good programmers to debugging MS-
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