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Microsoft to release Vista with a Linux kernel April 1, 2006

Posted by rjdohnert in Software reviews.

After years of delays and months of rewriting code the Microsoft Corporation has taken a new direction with Windows Vista.  Microsoft will release Vista with a Linux kernel.  At the press conference Bill Gates had this to say "We are very excited at the new direction of Windows Vista.  With help from Novell and IBM we have leveraged the Linux kernel and have built our GUI as a Window Manager on top of X.org.  This brings the friendliness and usability model of our Windows operating system and married it to the stability and rock solid security of Linux."  When asked why Microsoft took this route Jim Allchin said " For years our competitors and business partners have been telling us they want everything the Linux kernel offers.  It was the right thing to do." Allchin also had this to say "With such great work being done in the Open Source community we also will be using OpenOffice.org as the base of our Office 12."  When asked how long the delays would be to bring these products to market Gates said "What delays?  90% of the work is done for us and we didnt have to pay, this cuts our development costs and time to market considerably."

Linus Torvalds took the stage and after a heartwarming embrace of Bill Gates Linus had these remarks, "Its so wonderful that Microsoft has taken our work and used it to bring to market this incredible new OS. I am ecstatic of these changes"

It has been confirmed that Linus will start a new job at Microsoft as the President of Platform Strategies.  When asked of his new job at Microsoft Linus said "OSDL wasnt doing anything to help Linux along, all they did was siphon money off of our key members.  Im very excited at the direction Microsoft plans to take Linux and finally feel Im in the presence of people that care."

The new OS will be available under Microsofts Shared Source License.


1. Alijah Green - April 1, 2006

april fools

2. vistafreak456 - April 1, 2006

absolute codswallop…do you really think we’re dumb enough to believe Microsoft would do such a thing? Happy April Fool’s from all here in Australia…

3. Benjamino - April 1, 2006

M$ isn’t smart enough to do such a thing.

4. Mun’s Place : Where Mun talks about stuff » April Fools, geek style - April 1, 2006

[…] Gotta love the tech industry’s april fools jokes, from Scoble’s announcement that he’s going to Google (after being offered a job than none other than the man himself, Larry Page), The Register reporting that China buys Google, and The Tech Journal has an amusing one about Microsoft deciding to change direction with Windows Vista and release it on a Linux Kernel.  I’m sure we’ll be seeing some good ones throughout today. Wonder what Google is gonna scheme up.  Cant see anything on there atm… […]

5. John A Thomson - April 1, 2006

I see Google are following Yahoo into the dating game:


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9. jim - April 1, 2006

too bad it is a joke.

don’t get me wrong… i like both os’s fine.

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Microsoft releasing Vista with a Linux kernel

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13. anon e mouse - April 1, 2006

They should just license OS9. Now that Apple’s not using it, Im sure they would allow M$ to.

14. Beer - April 1, 2006


I heard there was a new OS on the block that really is using the new Linux kernel. And it’s FAST! This is no april fools, but I do have a little news section on the home page that is a tiny prank.

15. jdragon - April 1, 2006

that would actually be a good move, but alas, it’s only a joke.

16. arun - April 2, 2006

hope microsoft would have that much sense to release Vista with a linux kernel 😛

17. www.votala.com - April 2, 2006

Microsoft contratará al creador de Linux y sacará su Windows Vista con kernel de Linux

Microsoft utilizará el Kernel de Linux en su futuro sistema operativo Windows Vista, y con esto, también anuncia que ha contratado al creador del sistema operativo Linus Torvalds como Presidente de Estrategias de Plataformas. UN bombazo de Noticia, p…

18. Qwerty Maniac - April 2, 2006

Very good news 😆

19. Garbage In, Garbage Out - April 3, 2006

Windows con kernel Linux

En Tech Journal se dice que Microsoft sacará Windows Vista con un kernel Linux (en inglés).

¿Internet Explorer 7 parecido a Firefox y ahora Windows con Linux…

20. don - April 3, 2006

So…when is Bill G. going to sue you over this one

21. Once upon a time a star was born - May 12, 2006

Same topic

Nice article!

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24. Kevin - February 6, 2007

Incredibly well done article. Had me fooled.

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