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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RE: XPM
by AnyoneEB on Sat 25th Apr 2009 06:19 UTC in reply to "XPM"
AnyoneEB
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2008-10-26

It still requires an XP license as well as the overhead (at least in memory usage) of running an entire extra OS so it does not really replace the Wine project.

VirtualBox does appear to support separate windows. It calls the feature "seamless mode" which has had support for Windows, Linux, and Solaris guests since v1.6.

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RE[2]: XPM
by OSGuy on Sat 25th Apr 2009 06:36 in reply to "RE: XPM"
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2006-01-01

Seamless mode, hmm I didn't know that. Thanks. In relation to a separate license, in my own opinion, that shouldn't be a problem. The VM would assume the user has a copy of XP. (Ultimate Boot CD for Windows)

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RE[2]: XPM
by kedwards on Sat 25th Apr 2009 07:25 in reply to "RE: XPM"
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2009-04-25

"It still requires an XP license as well as the overhead (at least in memory usage) of running an entire extra OS so it does not really replace the Wine project."

The XP license will be included for free with the download so that really isn't an issue.

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RE[3]: XPM
by AnyoneEB on Sat 25th Apr 2009 07:35 in reply to "RE[2]: XPM"
AnyoneEB Member since:
2008-10-26

Yes, XPM includes an XP license. I meant you need a Windows license for running Windows apps on Linux via virtualization as opposed to Wine which does not require a Windows license (although I believe it works better with some Windows DLLs, so unless/until those are reimplemented, a Windows license helps for Wine). Of course, at the moment, Wine is not an option for some apps.

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