Linux Sun's JVM needs improvements
Robin.Laing at drdc-rddc.gc.ca
Wed Feb 2 15:33:25 UTC 2005
Edward Yang wrote:
> Robin Laing wrote:
>> Edward Yang wrote:
>> And we can all trust Microsoft to ensure that this is how it works.
>> Microsoft lost a very long court case after making Windows not work
>> with Dr Dos. I wouldn't be surprised to find Microsoft doing
>> something similar. Who really knows all the code in Windows.
> Well, I think your reply does not have much relation to virtual
> techonology even m$ is very evil.
It does if you thing that MS could change one bit of code and
distribute it in an update that would cause some weird problems for
Linux in a VM environment.
What did they change in Windows to prevent it from installing on Dr. Dos?
How about all the fuss saying that they could not remove media player
from Windows as it was integrated into the OS. Now they are about to
release a version of Windows without Media Player in Europe. Or cut
down versions of Windows for third world countries?
As Linux is becoming a bigger thorn in Microsofts side, they will try
what they can to stop the spread or usage. They are putting pressure
on manufacturers to sell all computers with an OS installed and even
charging for each computer sold even if it doesn't include Windows.
All under the guise of stopping piracy.
VM's are a great idea but they are not clean installs and the
underlying OS can still cause problems. If the underlying OS is
closed and controlled by a threatened company, they could do something
to cause problems and blame it on a bug due to a security update. And
we all know that many bugs in Windows take along time to get fixed.
How many years did the battle go on with Dr. Dos. Could the industry
wait that long for Linux to work properly in a VM again?
In my opinion, with the cost of computers taking a dive, it is cheaper
to have a second computer for these tests and use a KVM. That is what
we do around my work. Heck, some people have three or four computers
under/on their desks.
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