"Recently, plex86, a PC virtualization program, was ported to
NetBSD as a host operating system. The open source plex86 project
allows users to run multiple operating systems concurrently on the
"Frank van der Linden of Wasabi Systems, who ported the code,
said, "it is good for NetBSD if people can run things like Windows
applications on their desktops."
"NetBSD now also works as a guest OS. Other tested guest
operating systems include FreeDOS beta 4, MS-DOS 6.22 and
"Some companies have standardized on MS Office apps, so plex86
gives people a way to comply with that standard, yet move to
another OS. There have been a number of requests from people who
have custom DOS/Windows software, developed by outside software
companies," Lawton said. "As an example, a lawyers firm contacted
me some time ago and mentioned they had some custom software
written for them. Porting it is nearly impossible as the consulting
firm is long since gone."
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