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InfoWorld: If 64-bit Windows doesn't take a lifetime to install, it may take that long to build

Sep 26, 1999, 17:19 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

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"Several months ago, Softway announced its intention to bring Linux compatibility to Windows NT. This led some to speculate that Microsoft bought Softway in order to deliver Linux for Windows, as a way to derail the increasing popularity of Linux..."

"Seriously, though, I would love to see Windows NT run Linux binaries. Such a feature could prove very useful in certain situations. But it would be a strategic blunder of epic proportions for Microsoft to promote Windows NT as a Linux-compatible alternative to Linux."

"It is much more likely that Microsoft is interested in putting the folks from Softway Systems to work on 64-bit Windows NT. Rumor has it that Softway has been lending a hand in this project for quite a while. The story is that Microsoft was making such poor progress with 64-bit NT that it turned to experts with experience on 64-bit Unix systems to sort out Microsoft's problems with moving the NT kernel to a 64-bit model."

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