Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Apr 2009 23:44 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Windows It's something lots of people here on OSNews have been waiting for. It's something we've talked about, something we've theorised about, and something we've declared as the future for Windows' backwards compatibility - and now it's here, and official. Over a month ago, Microsoft bloggers Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott have been briefed by Microsoft on a technology for Windows 7 called Windows XP Mode. Available as a free download for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate users, it's a fully integrated and licensed copy of Windows XP SP3 in a VirtualPC-based environment, with full "coherence" support. In other words, it's Microsoft's variant of Apple's Classic environment, and it's coming to Windows 7, for free. Near-instant update: The Windows 7 RC will indeed be available publicly on May 5. TechNet/MSDN will get it April 30.
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by Windows Sucks on Sat 25th Apr 2009 06:19 UTC in reply to "XPM"
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Can't something like this be done on Linux? I mean, didn't Parallels do something like this on Apple? Running Windows apps as if they were OSX programs? Instead of creating a new window and running everything within a window, the programs are stand-alone with XP border (I think) among the OSX ones and shadow effects on their windows. They even appear on the dock. Why can't the open source community create something like this? You won't ever need WINE and it will be 100% reliable since it's virtualized and XP is what actually is running the programs.

VirtualBox is open source and is the closest thing. You have seamless mode which is close to how VMware and Parallels does it.

The one thing about running in this manner is that you loose several things that you have with Wine. For one printing is always crazy (Same problem you had with Mac Classic mode) Networking can be a problem, and speed is for sure a problem (So you can't really play games etc)

With Wine if the app runs in Wine then you access a lot more features and also you can run more games etc.

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