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coLinux: Linux kernel for Windows

This is way geeky cool:

Cooperative Linux is the first working free and open source method for optimally running Linux on Microsoft Windows natively. More generally, Cooperative Linux (short-named coLinux) is a port of the Linux kernel that allows it to run cooperatively alongside another operating system on a single machine. For instance, it allows one to freely run Linux on Windows 2000/XP, without using a commercial PC virtualization software such as VMware, in a way which is much more optimal than using any general purpose PC virtualization software…

The coLinux site also links to a project called ReactOS, which is an open source effort to create a Windows-compatible operating system from scratch.

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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2 Responses to coLinux: Linux kernel for Windows

  1. my deja says:

    Interesting comment about coLinux. Is it possible to run multiple virtual machines?

  2. gboutwel says:

    Not at this time, but it’s supposedly not hard to add (just add reference counting). I’m sure it’s planned for a future version.

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