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Offline FlamingCobra

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Microsoft bringing BASH to Windows
http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/30/11331014/microsoft-windows-linux-ubuntu-bash

I've also heard they are bringing the Ubuntu userspace to Windows as well as the ability to run Linux binaries natively. Like Wine, but in reverse.

 
Re: Microsoft bringing BASH to Windows
i bet stallman's gnawing his toes off in rage
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(i dunno why people keep selling this short by calling it 'bash on windows', it's basically a full 'linux' environment running natively in a windows system; it's nearly a direct counterpart to WINE)
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Re: Microsoft bringing BASH to Windows
MS released a video which should answer a lot of questions you might have:

https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2016/P488?ocid=player

 

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Re: Microsoft bringing BASH to Windows
(i dunno why people keep selling this short by calling it 'bash on windows', it's basically a full 'linux' environment running natively in a windows system; it's nearly a direct counterpart to WINE)

Speaking of WINE (and this thing), I'm genuinely surprised no one has written some software that allows one to run OS X binaries on Linux or Windows natively.

 

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Re: Microsoft bringing BASH to Windows
(i dunno why people keep selling this short by calling it 'bash on windows', it's basically a full 'linux' environment running natively in a windows system; it's nearly a direct counterpart to WINE)

Speaking of WINE (and this thing), I'm genuinely surprised no one has written some software that allows one to run OS X binaries on Linux or Windows natively.
...And what, exactly, would you want to run with this capability? It's not like there's a lot of popular OS X-only games out there.
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Re: Microsoft bringing BASH to Windows
Or OS-X exclusive applications without counterparts or official ports to Windows, for that matter.
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Re: Microsoft bringing BASH to Windows
Bafflingly, much of the web development community is Mac-centric, so a lot of webdev-related apps are Mac only.
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Re: Microsoft bringing BASH to Windows
I think it's because of hipster culture.

 
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(i dunno why people keep selling this short by calling it 'bash on windows', it's basically a full 'linux' environment running natively in a windows system; it's nearly a direct counterpart to WINE)

Speaking of WINE (and this thing), I'm genuinely surprised no one has written some software that allows one to run OS X binaries on Linux or Windows natively.

It'd be a ton of effort to maintain, just like WINE is, and as outlined above there wouldn't be a great deal of benefit from doing so. You can kind of look at GNUstep as a very incomplete equivalent to winelib, but it's a very long way from a full compatibility layer.
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Re: Microsoft bringing BASH to Windows
Well this is a surprising boost from MS for open-source software.  While most major open-source software has been ported to Windows, there are still a fair number of more utility-type or niche applications that are written solely for Linux.  Be nice to finally be able to run them from within the environment where I actually need them :)
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Re: Microsoft bringing BASH to Windows
A lot of Linux people are extremely (and reasonably) worried that this is the first E of Microsoft's notorious Embrace, Extend, Extinguish strategy. As far as I know it hasn't resulted in much direct contribution to free software; I don't think the compatibility layer with the Windows kernel is open-source.
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Re: Microsoft bringing BASH to Windows
I wonder if this would enable the use of Plasma or Cinnamon on windows
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Re: Microsoft bringing BASH to Windows
It won't; they apparently have no plans for GUI compatibility.
The good Christian should beware of mathematicians, and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of Hell.

 
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It's also worth noting that you won't be able to launch Windows software directly from the Linux environment (because Linux processes work very differently to Windows ones); this is very much a tool for developers, not general use.
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