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  • Microsoft Makes Open-Source Windows Forms, WinUI, WPF

    Phoronix: Microsoft Makes Open-Source Windows Forms, WinUI, WPF

    As an early Christmas surprise, Microsoft has today open-sourced Windows Forms, WinUI (Windows UI Library), and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation)...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...urce-Win-Forms

  • #2
    OK, this is crazy.

    I hope this is a step towards running most C# applications under Linux. (Let's make LinForms)

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    • #3
      Told ya, years before... Microsoft is going to turn Windows into a Linux distro... It is cheaper, and they are still going to hold a monopoly of the desktop OS industry if they play their cards right....

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      • #4
        "Separately making the rounds today is how Microsoft is reportedly abandoning their Edge web-browser in favor of developing a new solution based upon Chromium." --> Can you give us a source for that, please?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by TemplarGR View Post
          Told ya, years before... Microsoft is going to turn Windows into a Linux distro... It is cheaper, and they are still going to hold a monopoly of the desktop OS industry if they play their cards right....
          If they make their own WINE-style thing, or improve WINE, having a Microsoft-backed distro would be quite cool, actually. At least I think so.

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          • #6
            Is it useful for anything on Linux?

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            • #7
              Pretty soon now, Microsoft is going to abandon the Windows Kernel and move Windows 10 rather seemlessly onto the Linux kernel and a Wayland display server. I can assure you that it will happen fairly soon and that Microsoft is going to implement the Windows look/feel on Wayland, it will look like the current UI but the underlying architecture will be Wayland and Linux. This will include an improved NTFS driver for Linux and the Win32/64 and DIrectX code being ported over to Wayland rendering backend, ensuring compatability for Windows apps on the new Linux based Windows. There is also going to be a driver compatability layer for using Windows drivers on Linux.

              It will be a fairly seamless transition therefore.

              Microsoft is doing this to make better use of its developer resources by moving to Linux, it can unburden itself form Windows kernel maintenance. This is also why it is moving to Chromium as well. Windows will contribute developer resources now to developing and improving Linux and Chromium and can share development costs with other companies that also use this code.

              Microsoft is already making contributions to the Linux kernel to show that this is indeed happening and the future of Windows is Linux.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jpg44 View Post
                Pretty soon now, Microsoft is going to abandon the Windows Kernel and move Windows 10 rather seemlessly onto the Linux kernel and a Wayland display server. I can assure you that it will happen fairly soon and that Microsoft is going to implement the Windows look/feel on Wayland, it will look like the current UI but the underlying architecture will be Wayland and Linux. This will include an improved NTFS driver for Linux and the Win32/64 and DIrectX code being ported over to Wayland rendering backend, ensuring compatability for Windows apps on the new Linux based Windows. There is also going to be a driver compatability layer for using Windows drivers on Linux.

                It will be a fairly seamless transition therefore.

                Microsoft is doing this to make better use of its developer resources by moving to Linux, it can unburden itself form Windows kernel maintenance. This is also why it is moving to Chromium as well. Windows will contribute developer resources now to developing and improving Linux and Chromium and can share development costs with other companies that also use this code.

                Microsoft is already making contributions to the Linux kernel to show that this is indeed happening and the future of Windows is Linux.
                Sounds like science fiction but as crazy as it sounds it may hold some truth...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by TemplarGR View Post
                  Told ya, years before... Microsoft is going to turn Windows into a Linux distro... It is cheaper, and they are still going to hold a monopoly of the desktop OS industry if they play their cards right....
                  ahahah, that will probably happen by the time when we're all moving to micro-kernel based distros... ahahah

                  Something like RedoxOS or Genode


                  Originally posted by Venemo View Post
                  "Separately making the rounds today is how Microsoft is reportedly abandoning their Edge web-browser in favor of developing a new solution based upon Chromium." --> Can you give us a source for that, please?
                  I think the most credible source right now is: https://www.windowscentral.com/micro...ser-windows-10

                  Edit: It's Official: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexp...wx13FmfiXA3.97
                  Last edited by Mavman; 12-07-2018, 06:40 AM.

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                  • #10
                    I think they are to doing this to keep everyone migrating apps developed in-house to Linux on Microsoft technologies.

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