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Longhorn to Natively Support Linux Applications?


Word from Jason Zions, a solution architect working for Microsoft, is that there are developer versions of SFU (Windows Services for Unix) that currently allow running of code from both Unix and Windows libraries in the same process. Some think further development of these technologies might enable Microsoft to become the biggest supplier of Unix software if Longhorn proves to be a success.

An even more interesting twist, IMHO (and twisted enough this already is), is that Microsoft does not currently include SFU as part of Windows due to the fact that some of the software it is composed of is open-source -e.g. the gcc- but is working on replacing the same software -this also according to Zions- with commercially available alternatives. Microsoft licensed Unix software last year from SCO.