Linas Linux VM Promises Portability

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-05-27 Print this article Print

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. (

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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In Linas case, the VM is essentially a Linux environment that supports standard C/C++ applications, or even Perl and Python, if their respective interpreters are installed. Chief Technology Officer Nile Geisinger explained, "You have to compile binaries specifically for Lina, but its fairly trivial, no different than compiling binaries for SUSE or Red Hat." In the big picture, the goal is really to bring the huge world of open-source software to the masses, said Geisinger, explaining, "We work in an office park with dozens of companies, and were the only Linux users. "Every day, we are motivated to bring all the fantastic open-source applications to the rest of the world." Read the full story on VM Enables Write Once, Run Anywhere Linux Apps Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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