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BSD Today: Running Linux programs under FreeBSD

Aug 09, 2000, 18:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"I had a freelance job some time back that required the flawless import and export of horribly complex Word97 files. ...Applix for FreeBSD just couldn't cut it. ...so I loaded up WordPerfect 8 for Linux in /compat/linux and went to work."

"It was a smashing success. At that point, I had only one question: How do they get an entire Linux box inside a FreeBSD distribution?

"You get an opportunity to enable Linux compatibility during the installation of FreeBSD. If you don't do it then, and you have the ports installed, you can cd to the /usr/ports/emulators/linux_base and run: "make install distclean". With one caveat: If the servers that hold the Redhat 6.1 base packages are still not available to the public, you are out of luck. (I am speaking specifically about the Redhat servers that refused my anonymous ftp request. My machine tried till it timed out and I went the second route, the CDROM.)"

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