March 9, 2005
Sneak can't resist teasing Microsoft executives about Microsoft's much-whispered-about, not-much-talked-about plans for the upcoming Longhorn version of Windows. To be precise, Sneak wonders whether Longhorn will be built to support Linux applications. This unlikely-sounding feat could be achieved using existing virtual machine tools to run Linux alongside Windows, but that would simply produce two separate OSs, neither of which knew much about the other. In order to make something bigger than the sum of these parts, Microsoft's existing Services For Unix add-on could be given a more prominent role, becoming a standard part of the system. This would enable Linux applications to more fully integrate with Windows, gaining access to Microsoft's Active Directory, for example.