RE.Serious investigations into UNIX and Windows

Jon Drews jon.drews at
Sat Oct 23 21:27:11 PDT 2004

More information here Ed and others. I actually came across the
Microsoft site that offered gcc for it's UNIX tools. I couldn't
believe it when I saw it:

Microsoft uses open source, despite critical stance
By Matt Berger
June 27, 2001 12:10 pm PT

DESPITE MICROSOFT'S AGGRESSIVE criticism of the open-source movement
-- most notably one of its flagship software licences, the GNU General
Public License -- the company has quietly been publishing source code
under that license for one of its own products for the past two

...Microsoft distributes a product called Interix, which is used by
customers to port Unix applications to its Windows operating systems.
Interix includes a software compiler called the GCC (GNU Compiler
Collection), a product first developed by Free Software Foundation
founder Richard Stallman that is covered by the General Public License

Here is the actual site:
UNIX on Windows

The Interix subsystem technology provides a universal environment that
can run both Windows and UNIX applications on a single system. Through
Interix, you can reduce development time while making use of existing
employee skill sets.


Windows Services for UNIX 3.5 also includes more than 300 UNIX
utilities and tools that behave as they would on UNIX systems, plus a
software development kit (SDK) that supports more than 1,900 UNIX APIs
and migration tools, including make, rcs, yacc, lex, cc, c89, nm,
strip, gbd, as well as the gcc, g++, and g77 compilers.

On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 21:55:32 -0600, Ed Stover <estover at> wrote:

> The person i'm trying
> to convince is a hardcore MS fan so i need real evidence of why BSD is
> better than MS products in server environments.

 So if FreeBSD and Open Source are unworthy replacements for Windows
how come all these tools are being sold by them?

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