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A virtual operating system

By Dennis E. Hall, Deborah K. Scherrer, Joseph S. Sventek

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 23 No. 9, Pages 495-502

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Moving to a new system is costly and error-prone. The problem can be reduced through use of a virtual operating system that disentangles computing environments from their underlying operating systems. The authors report on their successful experience in doing this and achieving inter-system uniformity at all three levels of user interface: virtual machine, utilities, and command language.

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