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Re: MS offers "Services For Unix" free of charge

Well, I don't know about the rest of you, but since SFU comes with a great (and free) X Server, I am throwing in the towel.


Larry Hall wrote:
Actually, this has always been a potential issue, since SFU has been around
for a while. The biggest conflicts, beyond path clashes which we unequivocally state must be resolved by putting Cygwin first in the path, are likely to be services. But, so far, we haven't seen lots of complaints here about SFU clashes. Maybe we'll see more now that it's free to download and use. Or maybe SFU just works well with Cygwin. ;-) But beyond curiosity, there's not many reasons to install and use both, at least concurrently. Cygwin and SFU both address the same needs and Cygwin covers a wider range of tools. We'll see what happens though.


At 02:43 PM 1/14/2004, Robb, Sam you wrote:

Thought this might interest some of the folks who frequent
this list... particularly those who have to support Cygwin
installations, and might now have to deal with a parallel
(conflicting?) install of SFU :-/



Microsoft Offers Linux-Interoperability Software For Free
Jan. 13, 2004

Microsoft has decided to drop the $99 licensing fee previously
required for its Services For Unix software and plans to make
a new version of the interoperability product available this
week at no cost on its Web site.


The three main components of SFU--Unix's Network File System
and Network Identity Service and Microsoft's Interix layer of
Posix APIs--have all been tuned for better performance, with
some commands running 50% faster, Oldroyd says. SFU 3.5 also
features first-time support for P-Threads (for Posix-compliant
multithreaded applications), a broader set of Posix APIs, and
updated utilities and libraries.

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