[Wolves] ubuntu on windows

Stephen Parkes sparkes at westmids.biz
Thu Mar 31 13:06:54 UTC 2016

On 31 March 2016 at 13:51, Peter Cannon <dick_turpin at archlinux.us> wrote:

> On 31/03/16 13:44, Stephen Parkes wrote:
> It's not any distro, it's Ubuntu as they are the ones who have worked with
>> MS to make this happen so they deserve their share of the credit.  Notice
>> it's Ubuntu developers up there not GNU or Linux dev's or people working
>> on
>> other distros.  They helped MS with the user side of the setup to get this
>> out.
> No it's not. It is not Ubuntu, that's a whopping fib. Ubuntu is NOT
> running on Windows. Ubuntu may very well have helped implement Bash but
> that is NOT Ubuntu. Also are you seriously trying to say that Microsoft
> does not have the skill set to implement Bash on it's own? Sheesh.

It's not Bash that's running it's a userspace implementation of Linux where
the syscalls are translated from Linux to Win32 on the fly by a translation
layer written by MS.  They did the kernel and low level stuff and Ubuntu
supplied the high level stuff just like they do for their distro's.

Like you say Bash is free and MS themselves used to supply Unix terminal
options for NT many years ago but this isn't Bash it's something new.

It's more like Wine running on top of QEmu.  With MS providing some of the
QEMU and the base level of Wine and Ubuntu providing the top layer of wine
and set of programs to run on it.  The very top layer, the tools, can come
from anywhere now the bottom and middle layers are done.

Any fool can compile GNU tools so they run on windows.  I've done it myself
many times :) but that's not what MS have done.  It's clever.



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