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Boot Linux In Your Browser 393

Posted by Soulskill
from the year-of-linux-in-the-browser dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Fabrice Bellard, the initiator of the QEMU emulator, wrote a PC emulator in JavaScript. You can now boot Linux in your browser, provided it is recent enough (Firefox 4 and Google Chrome 11 are reported to work)."
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  • by jra (5600) on Tuesday May 17, 2011 @01:24AM (#36149584)

    Like Everest, because it was there.

    There was a GIF out several years back, which I haven't been able to find any time recently (and would love a pointer to) of some guy who had something like *19* hardware emulators running on one monitor simultaneously, in 4 or 5 separate stacks.

    TRS-80, C-64, T/S-1000; everything you've ever seen an emulator for, he had running on Linux all at the same time; some hosting others.

  • Fun guy (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 17, 2011 @01:27AM (#36149610)

    Fabrice also wrote his own version of emacs [bellard.org] in his own realtime C compiler [bellard.org], and he also at one time held the record for calculating pi [bellard.org].

  • by Jaruzel (804522) on Tuesday May 17, 2011 @04:53AM (#36150726) Homepage Journal

    Looking at the page code - it looks like he's written a generic x86 emulator in JS, and although booting Linux is undoubtably cool, has anyone tried to patch it to boot MS-DOS (or PC-DOS if you want to avoid any legality issues) ?

    Just thinking about all those classic DOS apps that will never see the light of day otherwise.

    -Jar

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