RE: Unix as an NT application

John Boyer (
Mon, 14 Jul 1997 13:27:14 -0500

I have used OpenNT. It is a drop-in replacement for the "brain dead" NT
posix subsystem. It is a well done product in general.
However, unless something has changed in this new version, the infoworld
review leaves out an important fact. Since it runs as a true subsystem, not
ON TOP of win32, it is not that useful for porting unix apps to NT. In
other words, you can't make win32 calls from your posix app. If you need to
mix Win32 and posix calls (as in a slow migration) then look at something
like cygnus.

But, if you have something that you want to run on NT and not add Win32
stuff, then this product is an excellent choice.