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Winmag.com : UNIX For Windows?

Jul 28, 2000, 06:47 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Serdar Yegulalp)

[ Thanks to Mohammad Bahathir Hashim for this link. ]

"Your vocabulary word for the day is "heterogeneous." When related to computers, it means an environment where there are multiple computing platforms instead of only one. Such as -- to take a totally random example -- Windows 2000 and UNIX."

"Okay, maybe that's not so random an example. Especially with the appearance of the Windows 2000 Services for UNIX package, a set of utilities for Windows 2000 that allow a degree of interoperability between Windows 2000 and UNIX. It's not a free download; it's a commercial package of programs that will be for sale soon at the list price of $149. From what I can tell, however, it's a mixed bag -- and there's some question in my mind as to how useful some of this stuff really will be...."

"Another major feature, according to the documentation I have here, is "over 60 UNIX command-line utilities," including cat, grep, ls, ps, rshsvc, and vi. Maybe I'm being dense, but don't most of these exist in freeware implementations already? I already have a command-line grep utility that's a direct port of the Linux source, for instance. Also included is the Korn Shell, which has nothing to do with a certain very loud and obnoxious rock band and everything to do with an extension to the command-line interface in UNIX that let you run elaborate command scripts. How the Korn Shell is being retrofitted to work specifically with Windows isn't clear: I doubt you would be able to take an existing shell script and just dump it in, but someone familiar with both Windows and Korn should be able to edit or rewrite existing scripts to accomplish the same tasks. (Most of the changes would probably be to the way paths and volumes are enumerated.)"

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