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DriverLoader, developed by a Canadian company called Linuxant, Inc., has the ability to run Windows NDIS drivers under Linux -- for 802.11g 54mbps wireless LAN devices based on Broadcom chipsets. If this approach can be extended to other device types, it will be a giant step toward commoditizing the desktop operating system market.
Device drivers is an area where emulation was until recently considered "out of the question": writing native code was the only solution. Not anymore.

I came across two very interesting and different projects that tackle the issue in a clever way: running hardware device drivers designed for windows on "foreign" operating systems. Both come from small developers outside Silicon Valley, which makes one wonder why nobody inside the billion-dollar labs of "innovative" mega-corporations like Carly Fiorina's or Palmisano's thoughts about this.
 read more | mail this link | score:7460 | -Ray, October 20, 2003
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