Christopher Allan Webber

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Lots of people saying "Now we have Linux on Windows!", but there's absolutely no Linux there AFAICT. It's the GNU tooling. So...

(And yes, I'm not the first to make this observation!)

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Show all 10 replies Excellent point. I'm surprised that I didn't catch that I'm usually good with the GNU vs Linux distinction.

It doesn't change how I feel about it. I can see a bunch of bad things coming out of the happening. Mostly because I have zero trust n Mcrosofts motivations here.

Freemor at 2016-04-01T10:38:36Z

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Thank you. I heard all the "bash in Windows!" noise and wasn't sure what it was about.

So what it is is, that Microsoft now has released yet another POSIX-like runtime like Interix/SFU, cygwin or mingw/msys. And apparently it cannot even call normal Windows binaries. Why is anyone excited? What can it do that the others can't?

Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2016-04-01T11:57:17Z

I think the main excitement is due to Microsoft's support and the idea you can just apt-get install Ubuntu binaries. Also, if you follow Microsoft's work on their tools, they are updating Visual Studio to target Linux. I don't know what it can do that other's can't... Get into Microsoft's store? :-/ 

Charles Stanhope at 2016-04-01T13:35:34Z

I thought they were talking about a hypervisor. they should adjust the wording in their adds

firnen at 2016-04-01T19:14:39Z