Question: Using Windows XP under Linux?

Garrett Serack gserack at
Tue Jul 16 14:30:06 CDT 2002

I'm curious about the feasability and possibility of using Wine as a 
basis for running as much MS code under Linux as possible.

Let me explain:

Windows XP (and most of it's ilk before it) don't support remote 
booting, that is using a diskless workstation and booting the OS from 
the network.  Linux, of course readily provides that functionality.

However, switching to linux is not really an option for the majority of 
our work.. We've already got the Windows licenses anyway.

The question is, if I used as much stuff from Windows XP as possible, 
how complete of OS could be built?

I was thinking about Usermode linux the other day, how it's like having 
an OS inside of and OS, and there was also the beginnings of a Line 
project( kinda the opposite of Wine, running Linux binaries under 
Windows type of thing...[]), and I was 
thinking about if it would be possible to backend Windows itself to run 
under Linux, without requiring stuff like VMware and its kin, which are 
not optimal uses of the native OS, IMHO.

I'd like to get a Linux/Wine/Windows system running like this. Has 
anyone done that? What are the big limitations? Can it be done effectively?



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