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ONLamp: Running Commercial Linux Software on FreeBSD

Jan 17, 2006, 10:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"One of the more intriguing capabilities of the BSD operating systems is their ability to run binaries for other Unix-like operating systems. I recently found myself requiring the commercial PGP Command Line for a project. Rather than install a Linux box just for this one piece of software, I jumped through some hoops and made it work perfectly on one of my existing FreeBSD systems. Getting a random piece of commercial Linux software running on a FreeBSD system isn't always as transparent as you might like, but you can do it with a minimum of fuss if you have a few extra troubleshooting skills.

"Those of you familiar with OpenPGP are probably wondering why I wouldn't just use GnuPG. While GnuPG handles pure OpenPGP functions quite well, PGP Command Line has specific abilities that GnuPG lacks..."

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