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coLinux Gets Its Second Wind

Jun 25, 2008, 16:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Cooperative Linux (coLinux for short) occupies a unique niche in the field of virtualization--that of running GNU/Linux natively in Windows. Although begun in 2000, the project has only recently released version 0.72, but it has given the underlying technology to several other higher profile projects such as andLinux and Ulteo Virtual Desktop. Now, with the current interest in attracting Windows users to GNU/Linux, as evidenced by such tools as Ubuntu's Wubi and Fedora's Live USB-Creator, the technology behind coLinux seems overdue for a closer look.

"coLinux was begun by Dan Aloni in 2000. A first-year computer science student with a background in Windows and a newfound enthusiasm for free software, Aloni became interested in porting User Mode Linux, a project for running GNU/Linux within a virtual machine for testing purposes, to Cygwin, the well-known Unix-like environment for Windows. Called Umlwin32, this project still exists, although Aloni is no longer actively involved with it..."

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