[plug] Interesting - has anyone tried?

Gregory Orange gregory.orange at metoceanengineers.com
Tue May 20 17:09:13 WST 2008

Bret Busby wrote:
> On Tue, 20 May 2008, Kev wrote:
>> This is a copy/paste of an email I just received.  Have any of you out 
>> there had a look at Ulteo?  Do you think it's worth a look for 
>> non-tech Linux user?
> Ah, without knowing anything of kopete, the other named applications are 
> (I believe) already ported to  the lesser capable operating system, MS 
> Windows.
> It sounds to me, a bit like running a Windows emulator on Linux, to run 
> MySQL and PostgreSQL and Perl, etc, on top of Windows, on top of Linux.
> Why would anyone want to run an emulator on top of an operating system, 
> to run applications that already run on top of the underlying operating 
> system?....

I can see it being very useful as a staged or phased move over from 
Windows to Linux, especially for someone who is uncomfortable with a 
fairly big or quick change. There's probably also quite a few 
rote-learnt Windows power users who can do a bit of machine 
administration who would benefit from this toe-in-the-water approach.

Like so many other things in IT, I can see a place for it. Probably not 
for me right now though.

Heck, (assuming it all works as I imagine) you could run this 
Windows+UlteoVD for a while, then switch to GNU/Linux+VirtualBox for any 
remaining Windows apps, and eventually move to a full GNU/Linux 
environment (:

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