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That's new (well since I last looked).
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Yup. nonono. I read his posts as wanting to be able to do the simplification...
I was surprosed too. I found out that they had no choice. USG contracts require POSIX compatibility, which Windoze will never have. So they developed a subsystem in parallel with the Win32 and OS2 subsystems so they could claim compatibility and sell to the USG.
Interestingly, it turns out that POSIX conformance is something that can be evaluated quite rigorously, so in this case they actually had to deliver what they promised rather than simply unleashing the maretking department upon the feature set. Thus the environment is quite useful if you can afford the instability and user-hostility of the base platform.
Originally the sofware was owned by a small development company and sold for a fairly stiff fee ($000s). Microsoft(R) bought them out and bundled the service where they needed to. Later they offered it for sale and a year or so ago they made it "free".
N.B. Pbuttport accounts are nothing special because they include no authentication of the users -- nom-de-net accounts (AKA nyms) are perfectly reasonable.
And the versions I saw had no limitations on distribution so you should be able to find a mirror site without any membership requirements.
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rpl The "knows what you want" seems to be the most difficult part in this relation. There are some typical problems here, one...