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Old 10-01-2004, 12:21 AM   #1
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Emulate any distro thoughts

This may be off the wall but I was wondering what others think. Say you have binary software that only works on a certain distribution. Take Oracle and Redhat for example.

How hard would it be to make a virtual RedHat system on any distribution? ... Say Slackware (my distro of choice)

The thought is, if it (Oracle) is looking for certain files in certain locations, how hard would it be to in a way emulate a certian distribution with symbolic links and required libraries?

I want to convey, I am not a Linux Guru at all , This may be an asinine thought or something that no one thought of. Please tell me what you think. The only argument I want to protest is saying, just use that distribution. My thought is Freedom. Why use a certain distro if mine works fine? I just want.... Fill in the blank...

Imagine that a binary was compiled for RedHat, then by using any distro, I enable RedHat emulation, install the binary and it just works.

Doesn't FreeBSD do this with Linux in a way?
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Re: Emulate any distro thoughts

Originally posted by user_of_slack
Doesn't FreeBSD do this with Linux in a way?
Not really ... having a layer to make ELF binaries
run under BSD is not the same as cheating an installer
into believing that it's dependencies are there :)

Old 10-01-2004, 04:48 AM   #3
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how hard would it be to in a way emulate a certian distribution with symbolic links and required libraries?
Don't know how hard it would be through this way... But it's quite easy to emulate a RedHat, Mandrake or Slack with UML (User Mode Linux)... See the following for more infos:



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