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Encyclopedia > Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX
Windows Services for UNIX

Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX (SFU) is a software package produced by Microsoft which provides a Unix subsystem and other parts of a full Unix environment on Windows NT and its successors. The subsystem included is called Interix. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 476 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (555 × 699 pixel, file size: 196 KB, MIME type: image/png) Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX 3. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 476 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (555 × 699 pixel, file size: 196 KB, MIME type: image/png) Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX 3. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Filiation of Unix and Unix-like systems Unix (officially trademarked as UNIX®) is a computer operating system originally developed in the 1960s and 1970s by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs including Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie and Douglas McIlroy. ... Windows NT is a family of operating systems produced by Microsoft, the first version of which was released in July 1993. ... Interix is the name of an optional, full-featured POSIX and Unix environment subsystem for Microsofts Windows NT-based operating systems. ...

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Overview

Like the Microsoft POSIX subsystem in Windows NT, Interix is not an emulation of a Unix kernel, but rather an implementation of a user-mode subsystem running directly on top of the Windows NT kernel. Interix is the name of an optional, full-featured POSIX and Unix environment subsystem for Microsofts Windows NT-based operating systems. ... Filiation of Unix and Unix-like systems Unix (officially trademarked as UNIX®) is a computer operating system originally developed in the 1960s and 1970s by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs including Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie and Douglas McIlroy. ...


It is important to note that though both Cygwin (a free alternative to Interix) and Windows Services for Unix provide header files and libraries that make it easier to recompile or port Unix applications for use on Windows, they do not make Windows binaries compatible with Unix binaries. Cygwin is a collection of free software tools originally developed by Cygnus Solutions to allow various versions of Microsoft Windows to act somewhat like a Unix system. ...


The current version of SFU contains:

  • Over 350 Unix utilities such as vi, ksh, csh, ls, cat, awk, grep, kill, etc.
  • GCC 3.3 compiler, includes and libraries (through a MS libc)
  • A cc-like wrapper for Microsoft Visual Studio command-line C/C++ compiler
  • GDB debugger
  • NFS server and client
  • A pcnfsd daemon
  • X11 tools and libraries
  • Tools for making NFS mountpoints appear as Windows shares, and vice-versa (gateway services)
  • An NIS server capability linked with Active Directory (AD)
  • Some Windows/Unix authentication information synchronization tools

SFU does not contain the following (but binaries are available for a separate installation[1]): Filiation of Unix and Unix-like systems Unix (officially trademarked as UNIX®) is a computer operating system originally developed in the 1960s and 1970s by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs including Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie and Douglas McIlroy. ... The correct title of this article is vi. ... Korn shell logo. ... The C shell (csh) is a Unix shell developed by Bill Joy for the BSD Unix system. ... LS may refer to: .ls, the Internet top-level domain for Lesotho Jet2. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... AWK is a general purpose computer language that is designed for processing text based data, either in files or data streams. ... grep is a command line utility that was originally written for use with the Unix operating system. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: kill In Unix and Unix-like operating systems, kill is a command used to send simple messages to processes running on the system. ... The GNU Compiler Collection (usually shortened to GCC) is a set of programming language compilers produced by the GNU Project. ... Microsoft Visual Studio is Microsofts flagship software development product for computer programmers. ... The GNU Debugger, usually called just GDB, is the standard debugger for the GNU software system. ... Network File System (NFS), a protocol originally developed by Sun Microsystems in 1984 and defined in RFCs 1094, 1813, and 3530 (obsoletes 3010) as a distributed file system, allows a user on a client computer to access files over a network as easily as if attached to its local disks. ... KDE 3. ... Nis may refer to Niš, a city in Serbia and Montenegro miscapitalized NIS This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ...

Although X Window System client libraries and applications are provided, SFU does not contain a native X server. Any of the numerous third-party Windows X servers can be used. Fully featured free alternatives include Cygwin/X, Xming, WeirdMind and WeirdX. This article is about the Unix shell. ... OpenSSH (Open Secure Shell) is a set of computer programs providing encrypted communication sessions over a computer network using the SSH protocol. ... sudo (superuser do) is a program in Unix, Linux, and similar operating systems such as Mac OS X that allows users to run programs in the guise of another user (normally in the guise of the systems superuser). ... The Concurrent Versions System (CVS), also known as the Concurrent Versioning System is an open-source version control system invented and developed by Dick Grune in the 1980s. ... ClamAV in command line ClamTk Virus Scanner Clam AntiVirus (ClamAV), is a widely used free antivirus software toolkit for Unix-like operating systems. ... The correct title of this article is . ... The correct title of this article is . ... In vector calculus, curl is a vector operator that shows a vector fields rate of rotation: the direction of the axis of rotation and the magnitude of the rotation. ... Emacs is a class of text editors, possessing an extensive set of features, that are popular with computer programmers and other technically proficient computer users. ... The Apache HTTP Server is a web server for Unix-like systems, Microsoft Windows, Novell NetWare, Mac OS X and other operating systems. ... SunOS XView calctool XView is a widget toolkit from Sun Microsystems introduced in 1988, providing an OPEN LOOK user interface for X Window System applications. ... Ruby is a reflective, dynamic, object-oriented programming language. ... Tcl (originally from Tool Command Language, but nonetheless conventionally rendered as Tcl rather than TCL; and pronounced like tickle) is a scripting language created by John Ousterhout. ... Python is a high-level programming language first released by Guido van Rossum in 1991. ... KDE 3. ... Cygwin/X running rootless on Microsoft Windows XP. The screen shows X applications (xeyes, xclock, xterm) sharing the screen with native Windows applications (Date and Time, Calculator). ... Xming is a port of the X Window System to Microsoft Windows. ... WeirdX is an X Window System server in pure Java under GNU GPL. External link http://www. ...


Released versions

Current release is version 3.5 on January, 2004.


Windows Server 2003 R2 contains most SFU components, namely Microsoft Services for Network File System (NFS), Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (aka Interix), and Identity Management for UNIX.[2] Windows Server 2003 is a server operating system produced by Microsoft. ... Interix is the name of an optional, full-featured POSIX and Unix environment subsystem for Microsofts Windows NT-based operating systems. ...


Windows Vista Enterprise and Ultimate Editions also contain the Services for Unix components, now called the Subsystem for UNIX-based applications (SUA). Windows Vista is a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ...


Microsoft does not intend to produce any further standalone versions of the product. SFU will be available for download [3] until 2009; general support will continue until 2011; extended support until 2014 [4].


Supported operating systems for the current version

Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX is targeted to Server and Professional editions of Windows, and it is not supported nor available for consumer editions.

  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1 or later
  • Windows 2000 Server or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later

Windows XP is a line of proprietary operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Windows 2000 (also referred to as Win2K) is a preemptible, interruptible, graphical and business-oriented operating system that was designed to work with either uniprocessor or symmetric multi-processor 32-bit Intel x86 computers. ...

See also

  • MKS Toolkit
  • Cygwin
  • UnxUtils, a collection of ports of common GNU UNIX-like utilities to native Win32.
  • WINE, an open source project to run windows binaries on UNIX.

MKS Toolkit - is a software package produced and maintained by MKS Inc. ... Cygwin is a collection of free software tools originally developed by Cygnus Solutions to allow various versions of Microsoft Windows to act somewhat like a Unix system. ... UnxUtils is a collection of ports of common GNU Unix-like utilities to native Win32, with executables only depending on the Microsoft C-runtime msvcrt. ... A glass of red wine This article is about the alcoholic beverage. ...

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