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BSD stack in Windows; was *BSD
Ok first to clarify a few things on the Tcp/Ip stack in Windows. This is the response from Greg Lehey.
On Sunday, 21 September 2003 at 17:14:11 +0200, Yannick Van Osselaer wrote:
> On Sunday 21 September 2003 16:50, Jonathan wrote:
>> I came across this statement while looking for info on why desktop
>> software can be so buggy:
>> "How many non-technical people know that, at least as far as I know, one
>> of the primary reasons Microsoft's NT and Win2k etc. actually works and
>> remains stable on a LAN is that they used the BSD TCP/IP code. How
>> pathetic it is that Microsoft, with all their billions, can't write
>> clearly defined protocol stack software, uses open-source BSD's, and
>> then spends millions trying to stymie open-source software! "
>> Is this true? That the Win 2000 and NT machines uses BSD code?
> Yes, it's true. At least for the TCP/IP network stack.
No, it's not true. For a while we thought it was, but we proved to be
incorrect. Microsoft's network stack was written by a Scottish
company called Spider.
> At 10:06 AM 3/12/2004, you wrote:
> >Also, what part of Windows is based on BSD? The only thing I'm aware of
> >in Windows that has a BSD base is the TCP/IP stack. WinNT is largely
> >thought to be a decendant of VMS, if not direct in design.
> Affirmative. The TCP/IP stack originated from BSD code. Who is to say what
> still exists today, however.
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