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posted by martyb on Wednesday September 18 2019, @02:51PM   Printer-friendly
from the you're-crazy dept.

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

With Microsoft embracing Linux ever more tightly, might it do the heretofore unthinkable and dump the NT kernel in favor of the Linux kernel? No, I’m not ready for the funny farm. As it prepares Windows 11, Microsoft has been laying the groundwork for such a radical release.

I’ve long toyed with the idea that Microsoft could release a desktop Linux. Now I’ve started taking that idea more seriously — with a twist. Microsoft could replace Windows’ innards, the NT kernel, with a Linux kernel.

It would still look like Windows. For most users, it would still work like Windows. But the engine running it all would be Linux.

Why would Microsoft do this? Well, have you been paying attention to Windows lately? It has been one foul-up after another. Just in the last few months there was the registry backup fail and numerous and regular machine-hobbling Windows updates. In fact, updates have grown so sloppy you have to seriously wonder whether it’s safer to stay open to attacks or “upgrade” your system with a dodgy patch.

Remember when letting your Windows system get automatic patches every month was nothing to worry about? I do. Good times.

Why is this happening? The root cause of all these problems is that, for Microsoft, Windows desktop software is now a back-burner product. It wants your company to move you to Windows Virtual Desktop and replace your existing PC-based software, like Office 2019, with software-as-a-service (SaaS) programs like Office 365. It’s obvious, right? Nobody in Redmond cares anymore, so quality assurance for Windows the desktop is being flushed down the toilet.

Many of the problems afflicting Windows do not reside in the operating system’s upper levels. Instead, their roots are deep down in the NT kernel. What, then, if we could replace that rotten kernel with a fresh, healthy kernel? Maybe one that is being kept up to date by a worldwide group of passionate developers. Yes, my bias is showing, but that’s Linux, and it’s a solution that makes a lot of sense.


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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 18 2019, @04:59PM (8 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 18 2019, @04:59PM (#895730)

    I may have went with Lindows, but someone already tried that about 18 years ago. Fittingly, Lindows also got sued [wikipedia.org] for trademark infringement.

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  • (Score: 2) by EJ on Wednesday September 18 2019, @05:27PM

    by EJ (2452) on Wednesday September 18 2019, @05:27PM (#895737)

    Maybe so, but Microsoft has the money and lawyers to win the trademark suit against Windex.

    Also, as we learned from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you can put Windex on anything.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by barbara hudson on Wednesday September 18 2019, @06:46PM (6 children)

    by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Wednesday September 18 2019, @06:46PM (#895774) Journal
    Microsoft withdrew the lawsuit and paid $20 million to make it go away because "Windows " is a generic term and they were in danger of losing their trademark.
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    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 18 2019, @07:25PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 18 2019, @07:25PM (#895784)

      Barbara hudson I see you had to withdraw after APK soundly thrashed you on your tech fails on C\C++ null-terminated string buffer overflow security issues slower string performance they have pascal doesn't https://soylentnews.org/comments.pl?noupdate=1&sid=33430&page=1&cid=889635#commentwrap [soylentnews.org] also with you caught stalking apk by unidentifiable anonymous posts proven in you quoted tranny (as tomhudson whom you really are loon).

    • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 18 2019, @08:51PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 18 2019, @08:51PM (#895822)

      Barbara Hudson = incompetent failure & stalker lazy do nothing all talk erroneous bs artist fails on C\C++ null-terminated string buffer overflow security issues + slower string performance vs. Pascal https://soylentnews.org/comments.pl?noupdate=1&sid=33430&page=1&cid=889635#commentwrap [soylentnews.org] also caught stalking apk by unidentifiable anonymous posts proven in you quoted tranny (as tomhudson whom you really are loon).

    • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 18 2019, @08:58PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 18 2019, @08:58PM (#895830)

      Barbara Hudson = incompetent failure & stalker lazy do nothing all talk erroneous bs artist fails on C\C++ null-terminated string buffer overflow security issues + slower string performance vs. Pascal https://soylentnews.org/comments.pl?noupdate=1&sid=33430&page=1&cid=889635#commentwrap [soylentnews.org] also caught stalking apk by unidentifiable anonymous posts proven in you quoted tranny (as tomhudson whom you really are loon)!

    • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 18 2019, @09:59PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 18 2019, @09:59PM (#895867)

      Barbara Hudson = incompetent failure & stalker lazy do nothing all talk erroneous bs artist fails on C\C++ null-terminated string buffer overflow security issues + slower string performance vs. Pascal https://soylentnews.org/comments.pl?noupdate=1&sid=33430&page=1&cid=889635#commentwrap [soylentnews.org] also caught stalking apk by unidentifiable anonymous posts proven in you quoted tranny (as tomhudson whom you really are loon)!

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 18 2019, @10:20PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 18 2019, @10:20PM (#895872)

      Barbara Hudson = incompetent failure & stalker lazy do nothing all talk erroneous bs artist fails on C\C++ null-terminated string buffer overflow security issues + slower string performance vs. Pascal https://soylentnews.org/comments.pl?noupdate=1&sid=33430&page=1&cid=889635#commentwrap [soylentnews.org] also caught stalking apk by unidentifiable anonymous posts proven in you quoted tranny (as tomhudson whom you really are loon)!

    • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 19 2019, @12:32AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 19 2019, @12:32AM (#895917)

      Barbara Hudson = incompetent failure & stalker lazy do nothing all talk erroneous bs artist fails on C\C++ null-terminated string buffer overflow security issues + slower string performance vs. Pascal https://soylentnews.org/comments.pl?noupdate=1&sid=33430&page=1&cid=889635#commentwrap [soylentnews.org] also caught stalking apk by unidentifiable anonymous posts proven in you quoted tranny (as tomhudson whom you really are loon)!