From: Donncha O Caoimh (donncha.ocaoimh at domain tradesignals.com)
Date: Tue 24 Aug 1999 - 13:05:00 IST
Found this at http://i-want-a-website.com/about-linux/aug99.shtml#MSW4L
I guess the author forgot to say that all users have "root" access,
since it would confuse users if they couldn't write to "/".
Microsoft Windows for Linux Released
Written by Bernhard Rosenkraenzer on August 11, 1999
from the hell-is-freezing-over dept.
REDMOND, WA -- Following months of speculation and paranoia in the
Linux community, Microsoft has confirmed everyone's fears by
announcing the imminent release of Microsoft Windows 98 for Linux
(MSW4L). The new product is not a Windows emulator for Linux; instead,
it features a set of kernel patches and userspace programs that make
more like Windows. Or, as one Microsoft representative said, "more
The kernel patches mostly modify the Oops (kernel panic) code. With
MSW4L, kernel errors will be displayed in a white-on-blue character
screen. One kernel patch randomly adds the line strcpy(NULL,
"Microsoft wins!"); throughout the kernel, causing random
The userspace programs replace commonly used utilities. For example,
here's a screenshot of the MSW4L rm command (also called DEL and
[root at domain testbox root]# rm testfile~
Microsoft rm v4.10.2222a for Linux
(c) 1999-2000 Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA
This program is part of Microsoft Windows for
Linux. This program is released under the
Microsoft GPL (Grossly Private License).
No part of this program may be copied or
disassembled. Violators will be hung.
This will delete the file testfile~.
Warning: The filename testfile~ has more than 8
characters. Do you want to convert it to a
reasonable format [suggested: testfi~1] before
performing this operation? [Yn] n
Do you want to delete the file %s? [yN] y
Are you sure you want to do this? [yN] y
Deleting a file can lead to loss of
information. This program is for experienced
users and system administrators only. Are you
sure you want to proceed? [yN] y
To prove you are a system administrator, please
enter the number of your MSCE certificate. 
Microsoft can not be held responsible for the
effects of deleting a file. Using this command
voids your warranty.
Proceed? [yN] y
Error: File testfile~ not found.
[root at domain testbox root]#
Microsoft Windows 98 for Linux can be purchased at your favorite
computer store for only $499.99. A "Plus!" version with printed
documentation and the Microsoft Solitaire for Linux game is available
If you experience any problems with MSW4L, you can call Microsoft at
1-900-BIL-RULZ for only $50.00 per minute (registered users of more
than 3 Microsoft products call 1-900-LNX-SUXX for only $49.99 per
minute; make sure you have all registration numbers handy. Checking
them usually takes 30 minutes) to listen to a tape saying "Have you
doing it again? Have you tried rebooting? Have you tried turning the
computer off and on? It must be a problem in your basic Linux system
it works here. Complain to those guys who don't understand
DISCLAIMER: Microsoft, Windows, the Blue Screen of Death, Bugs,
Malfunctions, Missing Features and Bad Support are registered
trademarks of Microsoft Corp. "for" is a trademark of Microsoft Corp.
Linux will be a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. as soon as the
government accepts the bribes.
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