Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Mon Nov 26 16:30:55 UTC 2007

Karl Larsen wrote:
>    Well my response is negative. I use Fedora systems because I am a 
> real booster of the Unix system. I think the many good heads at Bell 
> Labs that wrote the C compiler language so they could then write Unix 
> was the basis of a good computer operating system in the far future.

The one thing it would have going for it is the native ability to use 
the ubiquitous vendor-written driver for every device known to man, 
something fedora goes to extremes to keep you from doing...

But, I think at this point in time, emulating 32-bit windows is not 
worth the effort.  By the time it is completed, it will be about as 
useful as DOS emulation is now as everything goes 64-bit.  Something 
that might be nice would be a minimal OS that could use windows drivers 
and provided just enough services to run virtualbox or a similar 
virtualization layer.  Then you could run your choice of OS(s) on that, 
more or less isolated from real hardware and you could either run real 
windows or wine on linux/*bsd if you wanted to run windows programs.  Or 
just ignore windows except for being able to use those drivers that came 
with your hardware purchases.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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