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. (

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.

/zimages/2/28571.gifClick here to read about Red Hats plans to build a virtual appliance operating system.

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."

/zimages/2/28571.gifRead the full story on VM Enables Write Once, Run Anywhere Linux Apps

/zimages/2/28571.gifCheck out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor of Features & Analysis at eWEEK, responsible in large part for the publication's coverage areas. In his 12 years and more than 3,900 stories at eWEEK, he...