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Update 8-9-2007, 3:03PM PDT: This article was originally titled "Virtualize Windows on Linux? Microsoft Says No Way!". I badly misunderstood the essential point of Sam Ramji's talk this week at LinuxWorld. Here's his statement from our comments:
Windows DOES Virtualize on Linux
The reporter from eWeek clearly misunderstood the presentation, as discussed by a few posters here and many other reporters and analysts.
Ironically, I spent 60 minutes detailing the work my lab is doing to enable virtualization of Linux on Windows and Windows on Linux.
We do enable both through our licenses, including our desktop operating systems. My statement in my presentation was that my lab was working on server virtualization interoperability and not on the desktop at this time.
Director, Open Source Software Lab
I apologize for the misunderstanding to both Mr. Ramji and Microsoft as well as our readers. I appreciate how, in an increasingly diverse computing world, virtualization helps users choose the right tools for the job, and I am pleased to see that Microsoft is working hard to make virtualization work well on the server side. - Mark Soper
The updated version of the original article follows.