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posted by martyb on Wednesday September 18 2019, @02:51PM   Printer-friendly
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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 18 2019, @08:24PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 18 2019, @08:24PM (#895798)

    Visual Studio has always been one of Microsoft's most important products. And it too has lately been falling victim to Microsoft's increasingly poor production quality. I've been using Visual Studio for literally decades now. And in the past few years I've noticed an increasingly large number of "glitches" including crashes, freezes, and UI deadlock. In other words I don't think Microsoft is intentionally tanking their desktop OS. They simply don't seem capable of producing reliable code anymore. Yeah yeah, there's a joke there somewhere - but everything is relative. Windows 7 is still a phenomenal operating system and it was also, obviously, developed by Microsoft.

    Take on a Linux core and you'd see there problems explode by orders of magnitude simply because they'd be left with developers, who already seem somewhat incapable, left in what is likely a foreign environment.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 18 2019, @09:00PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 18 2019, @09:00PM (#895831)

    windows 7 is a piece of shit. it just stank less than vista.

    • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Wednesday September 18 2019, @09:58PM (2 children)

      by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Wednesday September 18 2019, @09:58PM (#895866)

      Windows 7 was OK, but not as good as Win XP SP3 which was peak Windows.

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

      I don't because that time never really existed.

      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Thursday September 19 2019, @04:52PM (1 child)

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday September 19 2019, @04:52PM (#896148) Journal

        I disagree with the "peak Windows" bit. The wife's Win7 seems to be XP SP3 polished up. Problems with XP SP3 were relatively rare, in comparison with all the Windows before it. But, Win7 seems problem-free. Let's discount that auto-upgrade thing, since we sidestepped that nonsense. Win 8 does seem to be a step down from 7, and Win 10 is a definite jump into a deep gully from 7.

        • (Score: 2) by toddestan on Friday September 20 2019, @04:03AM

          by toddestan (4982) on Friday September 20 2019, @04:03AM (#896383)

          Peak Windows was Windows 2000 SP4. XP was basically Windows 2000 dumbed down a bit, but luckily could be made to be mostly like Windows 2000. Windows 7 had promise, but it went from a slightly better Vista to a "we don't care about Windows 7 anymore, upgrade to Windows 10" pretty quick.

          Sadly, Windows 8 actually seemed to fix a lot of the under the hood type issues I had with Windows 7 and was definitely snappier, but was stuck with that half-baked, terrible UI.

          Windows 10 is just a disaster.

          With that said, my main Windows box runs Windows 7.