Windows Longhorn Alpha Leaks to the Web

By Derek Sooman on November 22, 2002, 8:58 AM
I can't believe I missed this! Well, OK, it only happened on like Tuesday this week, or something, but still!

It appears that a leaked alpha of Microsoft's next gen Windows OS, code named Longhorn, started to appear on the darker corners of the Internet this week.

Some readers may recall a similar thing happening when Windows XP was in beta. And I think (although I am not sure) I recall a rather dodgy version of Windows 2000 (then called Windows NT 5.0) doing the rounds on newsgroups. But then I am not sure.

Anyway, [URL=][/URL] had this to say:

"News of a leaked Longhorn build cropped up late last month when screenshots posted to Windows enthusiast sites purported to showcase the next-generation operating system. But the select few with access to the code initially opted to keep it under wraps rather than risk incurring the wrath of Redmond."

I wonder how long that will last. I dare say that "Longhorn" is popping up all over Kazaa right now.

Read more HERE.

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poertner_1274 said:
I have managed to get a hold of Longhorn, and I personally think it is going to be much better than XP, as it is using a better database for faster seek times, etc. We'll see how it is after I get it installed, as it was qutie a pain in the butt to go from Red Hat to this. I had to jump through MULTIPLE hoops to get it to get anywhere. But at least I have figured it out, and I will let eveyrone know how it turns out.
SNGX1275 said:
Come to the IRC channel.... I may know something about how it runs.... Then again I may not... :)
poertner_1274 said:
I have found a flaw with it. For some reason I can't download things off the net. EVERY time I try it stops around 33.3K and gives an illegal error. I haven't tried getting a download agent yet, but just thought I'd mention this to see if anyone else is having similar problems. It is just annoying tyring to install things, when I have to downlaod them off of my good comp and share them so I can access them across network to install them off web.Just a pain in the butt.And I KNOW I KNOW, it is still WAY WAY early in the build phase, but I wanted to see if others were having same problem.
SNGX1275 said:
I don't get that error - but it doesn't let me dl stuff from the net. I think IE crashes... not sure I haven't ran it in a couple days because I was either busy or drunk. I got Netscape installed for it and now I can dl.
stovesy said:
Ive tried windows longhorn on my 2nd pc which is an amd duran 800mhz processor with 576 meg of sd ram and as an operating system it ran well for what the system is.The only thing i found was with the Network setup wizard, there was a .dll file missing.Another major bug i found was when i went to install the latest video codecs it locked the system, when i went to restart it came up with a red "boot error" screen and failed to start.The system wouldnt boot up in safe mode either.So my advice would be not to install any video codecs :P
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