Linked by David Adams on Wed 18th May 2011 03:10 UTC, submitted by sawboss
General Development The name Fabrice Bellard may not be recognizable to a lot of people, but the work he carries out as a programmer and computer scientist is. . . . He is a very talented programmer, and his latest project demonstrates once again just how talented he is. Using the super-fast JavaScript engines that now come as standard in popular web browsers, he has managed to create a PC emulator that runs in a browser. As a demonstration he has posted a link to a version of the Linux kernel running in such a scenario.
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RE[3]: Purpose?
by shmerl on Thu 19th May 2011 00:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Purpose?"
shmerl
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2010-06-08

It is not. Silverlight is not cross browser or cross platform by any means. JavaScript is.

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RE[4]: Purpose?
by dvhh on Thu 19th May 2011 01:11 in reply to "RE[3]: Purpose?"
dvhh Member since:
2006-03-20

Only works in firefox4 and some version of chrome (so much for cross browser)

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RE[5]: Purpose?
by shmerl on Thu 19th May 2011 02:32 in reply to "RE[4]: Purpose?"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Modern JavaScript will catch up on all browsers. Silverlight won't.

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RE[4]: Purpose?
by twitterfire on Thu 19th May 2011 01:40 in reply to "RE[3]: Purpose?"
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

It is not. Silverlight is not cross browser or cross platform by any means. JavaScript is.


Silverlight runs on both Windows and Os X. Miguel De Icaza will implement Silverlight on iOs and Android. That means pretty much cross platform.

Not that being cross platform matters when you have more than 90% of users on one platform.

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RE[5]: Purpose?
by shmerl on Thu 19th May 2011 02:33 in reply to "RE[4]: Purpose?"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

That can't compare to the ubiquity of JavaScript anyway. Plus JavaScript is an open and free. Silverlight is patent encumbered and is owned by MS.

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RE[5]: Purpose?
by Laurence on Thu 19th May 2011 11:59 in reply to "RE[4]: Purpose?"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26



Not that being cross platform matters when you have more than 90% of users on one platform.


10% of 1 billion is still 100 million users.
(and that's using a conservative estimate from 2009 of the number connected individuals).

Hence why comments like yours wind me up massively.

Edited 2011-05-19 12:01 UTC

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