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: An OS inside an OS ...
by sbergman27 on Mon 27th Apr 2009 19:41 UTC in reply to "An OS inside an OS ..."
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And everyone is terribly excited about this crutch. It seems to be very easy for MS to get people excited about all sorts of crap. Oh well ...

I suspect that Red Hat might be interested in this kind of strategy for their RHEL product. It would add an extra level of confidence for their customers when they upgrade.

In fact, I have a situation right now where I had to *add* an old CentOS 4.x server to run a C/ISAM <-> SQL gateway. We upgraded the old server to 5.x, and everything else was fine... except for this, admittedly clunky, but absolutely key, piece. I might have done things differently if Centos 4.x had been virtualized into CentOS 5.x out of the box.

Just because MS does something does not mean that that something is necessarily a bad idea.

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