[kwlug-disc] MS in your kernel?

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Tue Jul 21 21:44:51 EDT 2009


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Definition of an oxymoron:

> +/*
> + *
> + * Copyright (c) 2009, Microsoft Corporation.
> + *
> + * This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
> + * under the terms and conditions of the GNU General Public License,
> + * version 2, as published by the Free Software Foundation.


Chris Frey wrote:

> I'm assuming that was a joke...

Yep.


> And some other commentary:
> http://www.advogato.org/person/apenwarr/diary/513.html
> 

Nice analysis of the situation.  So does Linus/Linux hold off on these
new patches until Microsoft allows Linux to run virtual Windows "really
fast"?  I don't think it matters too much at this point:  the underlying
hardware is so fast that even an unoptimized XP VM on a Linux host will
give the Office user a nice ride.

Is this an opportunity for Linux?  Why buy Windows 7 when you can just
do a physical-to-virtual transfer of your existing XP install an run it
on Linux for free?  VMware has a lovely tool for such transfers:

http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/

Of course, I would prefer to have the final image running on VirtualBox.
 Apparently, the newer versions of VirtualBox will run VMware images.
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