linux-l: OT: Microsoft erfindet Symlinks.
belug at gurubert.home.cs.tu-berlin.de
Fr Mär 3 11:31:36 CET 2000
Das wollte ich Euch nicht vorenthalten, diese Innovativität bei Microsoft.
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Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2000 14:24:48 -0600
From: Robert Hyatt <hyatt at crafty.cis.uab.edu>
To: linux-smp at vger.rutgers.edu
Sorry to waste a bit of bandwidth, but I have a bit of humor.
This is from microsoft's web site:
REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 28, 2000 -- Three years ago, Bill Bolosky and two
Microsoft colleagues were brainstorming technology advances when an idea
occurred to them -- why not save operating system disk space by storing
duplicate files as links that point to a single file housed in a central
Not only would this save storage space, they reasoned; it would also result in
substantial performance improvements. Moreover, it would make it faster for
information technology (IT) managers to install computers for new
employees since they?d no longer be required to copy massive amounts of
data each time they set up a new desktop.
The three sent a memo to Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates outlining the idea. Both
Gates and the Windows 2000 product team liked the proposal, and the Windows
team asked Bolosky if he could develop the feature himself. During the
next 1-1/2 years, Bolosky, a researcher in Microsoft Research?s Systems
and Networking Group, and three of his researchers worked full time with
the Windows 2000 team to build the technology.
And all this time, I thought Unix had developed the concepts of symbolic
and hard links within the file system. Guess I ought to retire as I have
been teaching this wrong for over 20 years. :)
It was also nice to know that it only took them 1.5 years. Ken Thompson
did it a bit quicker. :)
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