Longhorn to have new file system WinFS

By Phantasm66 · 17 replies
Mar 4, 2003
  1. I've just finished reading an article here, written in the aftermath of the leak onto the Internet of the latest build of Longhorn - Longhorn Milestone 4.

    In case you don't know, Longhorn is the code name for the next version of Windows, which will replace Windows XP.

    Although it itself does not contain it, this latest build strongly hints at a new file system, which shall supercede NTFS as the file system for Windows. Called WinFS, this new file system "promises to do away with hierarchical storage altogether and remove the distinction between local and remote storage...."

    Exactly how this might be implemented is still a mystery, but perhaps doing away with drive letters altogether, and instead using mount points as UNIX does might be on the cards. Windows 2000 and XP already have mount point technology, but doing "away with hierarchial storage altogether" smacks of even bigger changes than the loss of drive letters.

    One opinion floating around is that in much the same way that Windows 98 included Internet Explorer integrated into the operating system in order to gain a competitive advantage over Netscape, Longhorn might integrate a next generation SQL server into the operating system, in order to gain an advantage over Microsoft's arch rival Oracle. This next generation SQL server could be integrated into the file system, a sort of SQLFS, if you like.

    Longhorn will likely retain support for NTFS in much the same manner that legacy support for FAT32 and FAT16 is available in Windows 2000 and XP. Longhorn is also likely to include a number of other enhancements over Windows XP, in the areas of security, multimedia, etc, as well as an integrated download manager.

    The latest Longhorn build is circulating on some dodgy IRC channels right now.

    More here, and here.
  2. warr

    warr TS Rookie Posts: 67

    MS never bring surprised. only more craps to win over the fan boys. :rolleyes:
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    BeOS has had this kind of file system for years :rolleyes:
  4. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    Maybe FS stands for "Freaking Stolen":D
  5. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 536

    If it comes about discussing what MS stoled from others, I doubt there will be much left ...

    MS DOS was stolen, Win3.x and Win95 GUI was stolen (from Mac & Xerox), Excel was stolen, multi user simultaneous logon (XP) was stolen from Unix, mount points (2K/XP) were stolen from Unix

    The true questionis : what was NOT stolen ???
  6. warr

    warr TS Rookie Posts: 67

    that is true.

    they are success because they know how to assemble different parts together. and sell it again, then steve ballmer says "this is called innovation". :haha:
  7. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    As many have noted, there's plenty that MS have stolen from others. And longhorn, like MANY OTHER WINDOWS OSes, will be just as much the thief.
  8. I ran this through the Altavista translator but it still came out as gibberish. Anyone know what language it is?
  9. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

  10. warr

    warr TS Rookie Posts: 67

    you should not come online.

    keep watching your bbc or cnn.
  11. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    How... cryptic. :eek:
  12. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

  13. Winner is not who do different things, but do things differently
  14. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    WinFS - Freaking slow. :)

    Hopefully not..
  15. winFS

    I do not agree with your opinions, but I do respect them.

    Please feel free to PM me, PHATMAN5050, if you have a question about why I edited your post.
  16. spun_1

    spun_1 TS Rookie Posts: 41

    Cool post Phantasm.Had no idea. Thanks
  17. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    WinFS really slowed down my system. It was the first thing I turned off. By the time I turned off all the things in Longhorn 4015 that slowed down the system....I was left with Windows 2000.
  18. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Well you have to remember it is still in beta. Things aren't going to run that smoothly right now.

    And I don't think the release date is set for 2004, so you have a while until most of the bugs are taken out.
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