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May 17, 2011, 21:08 (0 Talkback[s])

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"The name Fabrice Bellard may not be recognizable to a lot of people, but the work he carries out as a programmer and computer scientist is. He is the man behind the LZEXE compression engine, FFmpeg audio and video converter, the QEMU emulator and virtualizor, and he also held the World Record for the computation of PI to 2,700 billion digits in 2009.

"He is a very talented programmer, and his latest project demonstrates once again just how talented he is. Using the super-fast JavaScript engines that now come as standard in popular web browsers, he has managed to create a PC emulator that runs in a browser. As a demonstration he has posted a link to a version of the Linux kernel running in such a scenario."

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