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Date:      Mon, 22 Sep 2003 08:33:34 +0930
From:      Greg 'groggy' Lehey <>
To:        Yannick Van Osselaer <>
Subject:   Re: Is it true that Microsoft uses BSD's Stack?
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On Sunday, 21 September 2003 at 17:14:11 +0200, Yannick Van Osselaer wrote:
> On Sunday 21 September 2003 16:50, Jonathan wrote:
>> Hi:
>>  I came across this statement while looking for info on why desktop
>> software can be so buggy:
>> Excerpt:
>> "How many non-technical people know that, at least as far as I know, one
>> of the primary reasons Microsoft's NT and Win2k etc. actually works and
>> remains stable on a LAN is that they used the BSD TCP/IP code.   How
>> pathetic it is that Microsoft, with all their billions, can't write
>> clearly defined protocol stack software, uses open-source BSD's, and
>> then spends millions trying to stymie open-source software! "
>> From:
>>  Is this true? That the Win 2000 and NT machines uses BSD code?
> Yes, it's true. At least for the TCP/IP network stack.

No, it's not true.  For a while we thought it was, but we proved to be
incorrect.  Microsoft's network stack was written by a Scottish
company called Spider.

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