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TechWeb: Start-Up Trumpeting New OS [PetrOS]

Jul 09, 1999, 13:21 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Malcolm Maclachlan)

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"Next month, Australian company Trumpet Software will release an alpha version of... PetrOS, designed to act as a substitute for Windows 95/98 and NT... able to seamlessly run 32-bit Windows applications."

"PetrOS' main marketing advantage... is speed. Its kernel only takes up about 100 kilobytes. ... Trumpet will do all the engineering and the code will be proprietary... The eventual cost will be under $100 a copy..."

"Even if PetrOS gains a market, it could face another hurdle: legality. PetrOS essentially emulates Windows... while Trumpet has investigated the issue, it is not entirely sure about the legality of such emulation under U.S. law. ...Microsoft never pursued legal action against another emulator, Connectix Virtual PC, ...that let people run Windows programs on their Macintoshes."

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