Microsoft on NetBSD
Out of pure fun, I searched for "netbsd" at www.microsoft.com.
Here are a few gems from the 72 results found:
Computer Dictionary, Fifth Edition, says for NetBSD:
``A free version of the BSD UNIX operating system developed as a result of a volunteer effort. NetBSD is highly interoperable, runs on many hardware platforms, and is nearly POSIX compliant. See also BSD UNIX, POSIX.''
- What You Need to Know Today About the New and Upgraded Features in Visual Studio .NET 2003 links to the
NetBSD IPv6 Networking FAQ X-)
- Interoperability with Microsoft Windows 2000 Active Directory and Kerberos Services
claims to show some config examples tested on NetBSD 1.4 and Solaris 2.7.
The examples show extraction of a file "AD.tar.gz", but all they
offer are two EXE files,
AD.exe. Huh?!? (Thanks to logix for noticing that
"unzip" will work on them!)
- LandMARC Success for Lancaster University: The Contribution of Mobile IPv6 Source Code to Microsoft Windows Server and Windows CE .NET
mentions that ``Like most other academic research groups, the Lancaster team traditionally employed Unix--based operating systems--typically NetBSD, FreeBSD or Linux'' (in that order - they don't seem to like Linux :-).
The question arises if the listed order of operating
systems gives any hints on preference of operating systems inside
Microsoft, or even a source of their Mobile IPv6 code?
- gssMonger - Tool for verifying Kerberos authentication interoperability between Windows and other platforms: This one comes with actually usable sourcecode in a real .tar.gz file,
and apparently Microsoft cares that software runs on NetBSD: ``Makefiles included to compile on Linux and NetBSD for Cybersafe, Heimdal, and MIT Kerberos.'' (The page is from Sept. 2004)
Before we get dumped into the same bin as M$, let me assure you that
(as far as I know) NetBSD is not sponsored in any way by Microsoft.
(Not that we couldn't need the
money for a lot of things :-)