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    Subject[ANNOUNCE] Cooperative Linux
    Hello fellow developers, kernel hackers, and open source contributors,

    Cooperative Linux is a port of the Linux kernel which allows it
    to run cooperatively under other operating systems in ring0 without
    hardware emulation, based on very minimal changes in the architecture
    dependent code and almost no changes in functionality.

    The bottom line is that it allows us to run Linux on an unmodified
    Windows 2000/XP system in a practical way (the user just launches
    an app), and it may eventually bring Linux to a large sector of desktop
    computer users who wouldn't even care about trying to install a
    dual boot system or boot a Linux live CD (like Knoppix).

    Screen-shots and further details at:

    Our motto is:

    "If Linux runs on every architecture, why should another
    operating system be in its way?"

    coLinux is similar to plex86 in a way that it implements a Linux-specific
    lightweight VM with I/O virtualization. However, it is designed to be
    mostly host-OS independent, so that with minimal porting efforts it
    would be possible to run it under Solaris, Linux itself, or any operating
    system that supports loading kernel drivers, under any architecture that
    uses an MMU. Unlike other virtualization methods, it doesn't base its
    implementation on exceptions that are caused by instructions.

    Cooperative Linux is like the kernel mode equivalent of User Mode Linux.
    It relies on the host OS kernel-space interfaces rather than relying on
    host OS user-space interfaces.

    Currently, it is stable enough (on some common hardware configurations)
    for running a fully functional KNOPPIX/Debian system on Windows (see
    website screen-shots).

    Another project close to achieving that goal is the Windows port of
    User Mode Linux (

    Project page:

    Thank you for your time,

    - The coLinux development team.

    This Open Source project is sponsored and produced by AIST, 2004

    Dan Aloni
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