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Middleware allows Windows apps to run on Linux

Middleware allows Windows apps to run on Linux

A company based in The Philippines is claiming it has developed software that would allow Windows-based applications to run smoothly on Linux - paving the way for the production of more PCs preloaded with Linux instead of Windows.

Codenamed "David," Manila-based SpecOps Labs says it will unveil a working model of this middleware tomorrow and adds that it could be commercially available before the end of this year.

SpecOps Labs (formerly known as Softlabs) began the ambitious project last year knowing it would eventually put them directly against Microsoft (a.k.a. Goliath in case the reference was lost on you.)

"David will break the bonds of the giant Windows software and forever change the way the world computes," SpecOps Chief Executive Fredrick Lewis says defiantly.

Lewis believes that the cost of purchasing PC's will decline once "David" becomes widespread and OEMs begin preloading his company's software so that the free LinuxOS can seamlessly run Microsoft programs,

SpecOps projects revenues of around US$35 million within two years, from OEMs and the so-called "white-box builders" - the small resellers or distributors that assemble and sell personal computers without major brand names.

According to SpecOps' Web site:

- "The next generation (of David) will, in effect, incorporate the operating system into the Web browser, virtually eliminating the need for an operating system eventually, except to boot computer and launch the browser."

- Just like its namesake, the biblical hero David, SpecOps Labs new David middleware "is expected to level the OS industries playing field worldwide and free all consumers from the bonds of MS Windows - giving them freedom to use OS of their choice."

Fighting talk. But it's early days yet, in spite of the fact that Victor Silvino, country manager of IBM Business Partners of IBM Philippines, has indicated that IBM is "keen on supporting (SpecOps) both from a hardware and software perspective."

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