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A Silicon Valley startup claims to have cracked one of most elusive goals of the software industry: a near-universal emulator that allows software developed for one platform to run on any other, with almost no performance hit.

 

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For example, Wiederhold said QuickTransit will allow the next-generation Xbox (which will have a Mac-like PowerPC chip) to run first-generation Xbox software (which was written for an Intel chip).

 

Article: http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,128...tw=wn_tophead_2

 

If this gets past the hyperbole, it's very cool.

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Note in the Wired article, all the examples are of "linux version on another platform".

 

It's being reported sloppily as definite proof of XBox2 playing Xbox games, which is far from the truth as no such deal seems to have been signed with Microsoft, and it doesn't sound like they've actually got the XBox "translated" yet.

 

Still a cool idea if it works ;)

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I got the impression the Xbox2 statement was an off the cuff example of future applications. Anything else, IMO, is speculation on the reader's part.

 

I'm more interested in this as a possible shot to the dominance of Windows. The OS could be negated as the most important piece of software we run. If it works as advertised Apple has got to be excited (along with many others).

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