When discussing computer issues with some of my Windows-using friends, the topic of unix-based operating systems has come up several times. I am fully aware that OSX is built upon unix shell, and while I know next to nothing about the specifics, after I started using it I have been reading about and experiencing the benefits ever since.<br><br>During conversation at least a couple of my PC friends claim that WindowsXP is also "unix based" and that is also why IT is so stable. Now, in my opinion, using Windows of any version is about as enjoyable as oral surgery, so it goes without saying that I know next to nothing about the workings of Microsoft's wonderful new operating system. But can someone knowledgable about XP tell me if it is indeed a unix system, similar to Mac OSX?? How is it any different than Windows 2000? And if it is, why the heck don't they advertise it as such?<br><br>I suppose I might be able to find this information myself, or god forbid, really examine the workings of machine actually running the XP OS... but the horrible PAIN, you know? :)<br><br><br><br>
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Hah, Windoze XP a Unix system, you should have laughed in their faces at such as suggestion. It has just Win NT/2000 made pretty (or what microsoft thinks they can pass off as pretty, which is blatantly a very poor copy of Mac OS X's interface). But microsoft would never use a Unix core they are trying to kill all 'nix varients so they have the one operating system left, but I don't think that is going to happen for a while. Win XP is about as stable as Mac OS X but it does this using the Win NT core which was always much more stable than what microsoft used to fob off to the home users (and unfortunately the Mac OS at the time, remember what 7.5 was like error type 10 every few hours). But you can safely tell your PC using friends that XP is definately not 'nix based in any way.<br><br><br><br><br>Without sensibility no object would be given to us, without understanding no object would be thought. Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.<br>-- Immanuel Kant, "Critique of Pure Reason
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#9300 - 06/15/0201:17 AMRe: Unix and Windows XP??
Thanks!<br>Now that you mention it, I seem to recall reading something about it being designed to be more like NT. And I have noticed all the "anti-unix server" propaganda going on by Microsoft; guess that should have been a clue.<br><br>
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