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Combining Linux Kernel with Windows?

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Sometimes when I have a few minutes to spare, I enjoy running stats with Google Trends. During one of my random searches, I came across something that really stood out to me. It was a quote by Larry McVoy of BitMover and an ongoing collaborator with Linus Torvalds, the person behind the Linux operating system.

In a quote from Forbes, McVoy had mentioned that he would be "thrilled" to see Microsoft blend the Linux kernel with their existing tools and libraries. No, this isn’t a joke. McVoy, CEO of BitMover, actually said this.

As shocking as this is considering his ties to Torvalds, McVoy seems to believe that this would be a logical course. He also points out that, in his opinion, the Windows kernel (circa November 2006) is "crap." Speaking as a guy who has used Windows for years and years only to leave it in disgust as I discovered what idiocy Windows Vista was to offer its users, I’m inclined to agree.

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Novell has just been full of surprises lately. I'd point out some previous examples, but I think that the current headlines surfacing at Google News speak for themselves. As news first started coming in about Novell opening up their openSuse Build Service, I remained somewhat skeptical. I mean, why now? What are they really up to?

As an Ubuntu user, I found myself looking for the angle as Novell has long since lost my trust after giving Microsoft the keys to their front door (in the virtual sense). And as this whole thing felt more and more suspicious as to their future motive for such a move, it all started to make sense:

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