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Re: Fedora, Portable Edition?

On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 9:21 PM, Kevin Kofler <kevin kofler chello at> wrote:
King InuYasha wrote:
> Hey, I just saw this new project out there called Portable Ubuntu (
> http://portableubuntu.sourceforge.net/).
> Perhaps we could bring something like that to Fedora? We seem to be
> incorporating more interoperability features lately, and I think this
> would bring us quite a bit closer to that. Also it lets people try out
> Fedora without rebooting or using a costly virtual machine. Even better,
> this brings in the ability to run native Linux binaries on Windows because
> it is running under the Linux kernel process. Interestingly enough, this
> could also result in being able to do stuff like side by side testing of
> Wine vs Windows of the same program.

This uses coLinux which requires administration privileges, so it's not
quite your average "portable app". Plus, coLinux uses an old kernel (they
always lag behind the current kernel versions - right now, even the
development version is stuck at and has performance issues and
other limitations. You also get a port of an ancient X11 (Xming uses a
shareware model where only old versions are available for free, right now
the latest "public domain" version (which is not really public domain, by
the way, most of it is X11-licensed) is, everything newer is
proprietary (non-redistributable) and has to be paid for, blame the
non-copyleft license of X11 for allowing that) shoehorned into a foreign,
non-X11 window manager, so you don't experience any of the modern X11
features in Fedora. Just rebooting into a live image is a much better

       Kevin Kofler

Couldn't the patches [used to make the coLinux kernel possible] be forward ported to the latest 2.6.x kernel? As for the X11 issue, I did notice that. However it seems that he provides the latest versions of all of his patches (http://www.straightrunning.com/XmingCode/) even though the instructions on how to use them are kinda out of date (http://www.straightrunning.com/XmingNotes/cross.php). I think this is more or less the same situation with the Xchat Windows binaries, except this guy has more legal ground, especially with most of it being licensed either LGPL or X11. 

On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 9:41 PM, Jeff Spaleta <jspaleta gmail com> wrote:
On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 4:43 PM, King InuYasha <ngompa13 gmail com> wrote:
> Hey, I just saw this new project out there called Portable Ubuntu
> (http://portableubuntu.sourceforge.net/).

You should probably let Canonical Legal know about that project, its
probably violating the Trademark guidelines for the Ubuntu marks
running a non-Canonical built kernel and X server.


I have no idea on how to contact Canonical's legal department, and I have looked over Canonical's and Ubuntu's site. Not much help there.

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