| Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 23:30:20 +0000
| From: Liam Bedford <lbedford at lbedford.org>
| Brian Foster wrote:
| > does anyone have any experience with SFU 3.5 (the
| > free (as in free beer) M$ Services for Unix™)? [ ... ]
| > if anyone has actually _used_ SFU 3.5, I would be
| > interested hearing of your experiences.
| I couldn't use it. It requires installation on an NTFS filesystem,
| which I didn't have.
not very many people seem to have tried it;
or more accurately, tried and posted about it
(such that Google™ can find the posting).
to be fair (with M$? why? ½☺ ) it is fairly new.
some people have issues such as yers (NTFS);
or mine (don't meet the software and/or hardware
or object to the poor security --- apparently,
in typical clewless style, all(?) services are
enabled, at least by default (then made worse by
using NIS (née yppasswd) and telnet (there is no
and I am not the only one who refuses to get the
necessary M$ “Passport‟. e.g., both the US FTC and
the European Commission, as well as others (AFAICR),
have filed lawsuits against M$ re “Passport‟: its
dubious security, M$'s data use and data retention
policys, and assorted other issues. plus it has
a history of problems, including some astonishing
security and privacy holes.
| It's a significantly different product to cygwin (not in what
| it provides, but in how it does it). It's an actual subsystem
| (like the POSIX one but better), rather than being a hacked
| win32 program to run unix on (cygwin).
yes. it's basically one of the BSDs (OpenBSD,
I _think_), ported to the NT HAL. (the use of
*BSD _may_ be fairly recent: there are opinions
that the earlier for-$ versions were different?)
I continue to be interested in hearing of the
experiences of anyone who has actually _used_
the bloody thing.
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