does anyone have any experience with SFU 3.5 (the
free (as in free beer) M$ Services for Unix™)?:
as per some recent postings of mine, the company
I work for is investigating possible alternatives
to Cygwin. SFU seems a possibility. there are
many issues here, but two which are bothering me
considerably at the moment are:
① “Passport‟? I have no idea what this is, but
from the reading-up I have been doing on SFU,
before downloading it you must have one of
these (which is supposedly free). I myself
have *no* interest in _anything_ M$ insists I
have, so am extraordinarily reluctant to even
⇒ What the fsck is it?
⇒ How can it be neutralized?
(I have not yet done any research on what I see
as a side-issue, which is also perhaps a private
hang-up of mine.)
② Re-distribution? SFU seems to obey the shrink
wrap maxim that you cannot read the license
until after you have opened it up and by so
doing (at least in the eyes of some), agreed
to its terms. Upshot is I haven't been able
to definitively read M$ terms and conditions,
but I did find a rather depressing posting of
what is claimed to be the SFU 3.5 EULA, which
suggests re-distribution is not allowed. But
we would strongly like to include whatever it
is we decide on (SFU or Cygwin or whatever)
with our product, and so want re-distribution
⇒ Does anyone have the faintest idea what the
story is here?
there are, of course, numerous follow-ons, like “do
we want to ‘tie‛ ourselves to a 90000-zillatonne
capricious monster?‟ (who may also be a competitor),
etc etc etc --- the above two questions are not at
all the only issues! --- but I have drawn a bit of
a blank on the 2nd and am quite annoyed by the 1st.
if anyone has actually _used_ SFU 3.5, I would be
interested hearing of your experiences.
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