From: JONATHAN BALLARD <sacramentokidd@ho...> - 2004-02-07 21:31:19
A lot of software on UNIX is designed with the expectation of the legacy
layout of files, and we could change that. What if device driver writers
could write once and have the driver work for both Linux and Windows. That
would solve many issues. That is where I know coLinux will succeed.
A new base of driver support could mean a change in legacy file system
layout. The system would still be unix/linux based, but some of it would
look like extras or just legacy support. I don't think of it as a utopian
format for such layout. I look at it more to fit in the realm of the design
of the project name "cooperative." If the designers of Windows and the
designers of Linux can not cooperate, then what good is their business to
I thought about how much this would affect business. To run Windows and
Linux in parallel mode, rather than in serial mode, is the sole reason why I
decided to join in and cooperate myself. I do not think I am going to be
the only one with such attitude. Why fight about if Linux or Windows is
initially installed on a purchased PC when they could both be available. No
doubt, Microsoft has a larger domain of device driver writers than Linux, so
coLinux may take direct advantage of that. What is available to coLinux is
larger than what is available to a standalone linux machine.
I do not have to write my software, Atomatrix, in a seperate fashion to make
it available for both Linux or Windows. I can write it once and make it
available for both Linux and Windows. With a schedule like mine, that saves
me lots of time. I also have much potential to advance the design of
Atomatrix and coLinux with the tools that I already have, and that saves me
A newer layout of the the filesystem may be the challenge to a greater
cooperation. I am not going to settle for linux emulators that require a
reboot of my windows system or that require me to repartition the drive.
And, I am sure I am not the only one.
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