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RE: WINE on Cygwin
- From: "Dave Korn" <dave dot korn at artimi dot com>
- To: <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2005 18:19:27 -0000
- Subject: RE: WINE on Cygwin
Brian Dessent wrote:
> Dave Korn wrote:
>>> But WINE isn't a virtual machine, and it doesn't offer that kind of
>>> protection. You would need Xen / VMWare / etc for that.
>> Oh, I stand corrected. You mean it doesn't even do
>> virtual-drive-in-a-file-on-the-real-HD then? That's a shame.
> Well, considering WINE stands for WINE Is Not an Emulator...
It doesn't need to be an emulator. It translates file-system accesses from
something like "C:\foo.txt" into something that makes sense to the underlying
FS, yeh? But that could just as easily be done by translating
device-driver-level read and write block calls into reads and writes to
sectors within a file on the host FS. The issues of virtualisation/emulation
are entirely orthogonal to that.
Can't think of a witty .sigline today....
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