re: Will Windows and Linux be merged in the future? VIEW POST


IMHO, Microsoft won't merge considering that:

  1. Windows kernel is not POSIX compliant;
  2. Windows has a big, fat, absurd registry;
  3. File system and file rights are a mess;
  4. Windows does not have the same system call;

What I actually see is that Microsoft is giving lots of code in open source project so Microsoft technology persist. I think about their involvement in Samba so it can talk to Active Directory.

So what I think will happen is that Microsoft will be a "friend" to the other OSes (Linux, BSD) and facilitate the lives of people but Windows will be the only mainstream closed source OS (for those who don't know, MacOS kernel is open source github.com/apple/darwin-xnu/).

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