May 21, 2011

A JavaScript PC emulator that runs Linux in a browser

French developer Fabrice Bellard has written a JavaScript program that could emulate the processor which would enable a web browser to run linux.

Bellard said, "I did it for fun, just because newer JavaScript engines are fast enough to do complicated things. The emulator was a way to learn how to write optimized code for recent JavaScript engines, in particular JaegerMonkey (for Firefox 4) and V8 (for Chrome)." He said that this experiment actually shows how mature JS has become.

Bellard is best known for developing a digital TV signal generator software that uses a computer's VGA card to broadcast TV signals; Linmodem, Linux software that emulates a hardware modem chip; and a program that calculated pi to a then-record 2,699,999,990,000 digits.

If you want to give the emulator a try by clicking here.

[via ZDNet]

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