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Linux-Mandrake.com: MandrakeSoft buys Bochs for Linux and commits it to Open Source.

Mar 23, 2000, 00:37 (5 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Gael Duval for this link. ]

"Kevin Lawton is the lead developer of two major software projects which allow users to run Windows programs on their Linux platform. His first project "Bochs" is a portable x86 PC emulator, which runs on most all platforms including Linux/x86 and Linux/PPC. Bochs has been developed in an open "bazaar" style since its inception in 1994 and has involved some few hundred developers. Up to now, Bochs has used a commercial license."

"In March 1999, Kevin founded the FreeMWare project now known as « Plex86 », an open source alternative to the commercial software from VMware(TM). Plex86 quickly attracted the attention of many users in search of an open source and high-performance way to run Windows applications on Linux and other operating systems. There are over 300 interested people on the developer's list. Development of Plex86 is progressing rapidly, drawing from 6 years of work and a large code base intersect with the Bochs project...."

"Since Bochs has just been commited to an Open-Source license (LGPL), the Plex86 project can now benefit from source code already implemented in Bochs. This will speed up the Plex86 development."

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