Linas Linux VM Promises Portability
The startup says its upcoming dual-licensed virtual Linux machine will run Linux applications under different operating systems, with a look and feel native to each. (LinuxDevices.com)A startup in Alameda, Calif., plans to release a kind of holy grail of software in the third or fourth week of June. Lina said its dual-licensed virtual Linux machine will run more or less normal Linux applications under Windows, Mac or Linux, with a look and feel native to each. The concept recalls Java, which has long promised "write once, run anywhere" compatibility. As with Java, Lina users will first install a VM (virtual machine) specific to the platform, after which they can run binaries compiled not for their particular operating systems, but for the VM, which aims to hide OS-specific characteristics from the application.
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