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Operating Systems

Submission + - VM Enables 'Write-Once, Run Anywhere' Linux Apps

An anonymous reader writes: A startup will soon launch 'a kind of holy software grail,' according to an article at LinuxDevices. The dual-licensed (one of which is GPL) technology is claimed to enable more or less normal Linux applications to run — without requiring recompilation — under Windows, Mac, or Linux, with a look and feel native to each. 'As with Java, Lina users will first install a VM specific to their platform, after which they can run binaries compiled not for their particular OS, but for the VM, which aims to hide OS-specific characteristics from the application. Lina comprises a platform-specific application that virtualizes the host PC's x86 processor... A lightly modified Linux kernel (2.6.19, for now) runs on top of the VM. Under the Linux kernel is a filesystem with standard Linux libraries modified to map resources such as library, filesystem, and system calls to analogous resources on the host platform.' Further details, including an entertaining video or two are at OpenLina.com
Data Storage

Submission + - What Is Your Favorite Writing Instrument?

CWRUisTakingMyMoney writes: Knowing that Slashdotter-types are generally finicky about the tools they use day in and day out, are you equally picky about what you use for writing? What are your favorite writing instruments: ball-point pens? Felt-tip pens? Mechanical pencils? Hammer and chisel? Something else?

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