Re: NTFS partitions show up as OS/2 partitions.

Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH (
Fri, 04 Dec 1998 18:50:24 -0500

In message <Pine.LNX.3.96.981204020105.30024G-100000@52-a-usw.rb1.blv.nwnexus
et>, Tim Smith writes:
| > > ext2flt.sys) for NTFS. Probably for the same reason that OS/2 does;
| > > despite the hype, the innards of NT are still recognizeably based on OS/2
| > > 2.0.
| That's a common usenet myth, but its completely wrong. The only thing from

*That's* a common myth encouraged by Microsoft. Little code is left, I'll
grant, but the basic behavior is much the same; any experienced OS/2 user
can recognize BASEDEVs in NT's refusal to deal with changing devices at
runtime, for example. Likewise, its handling of IFSes is quite familiart
once you get past the use of the registry instead of CONFIG.SYS. And Win32
is the OS/2 API with functions and structures renamed, structure contents
slightly rearranged, and the not-so-occasional flag with an inverted sense
(often for no discernable reason IMHO).

Someone who hasn't had significant experience with both would likely believe
the tale that NT has no relationship to OS/2. Someone who has experience
with both knows differently; if you can see past the glitz, the behavior
tells the story. (I discount Microsoft's claims that NT is not related to
OS/2, for the simple reason that they felt they had more to lose by
acknowledging it than by trying to claim that OS/2 was entirely IBM's fault
and that they had the "real" OS.)

brandon s. allbery	[os/2][linux][solaris][japh]
system administrator	     [WAY too many hats]
carnegie mellon / electrical and computer engineering			 KF8NH
			  Kiss my bits, Billy-boy.

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