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Windows 2000 Runs On Xbox Under Linux

Hemos posted about 12 years ago | from the oh-the-irony-of-life dept.

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MBCook writes "Everybody's favorite Xbox hackers have got Linux running for roughly six weeks, and now it runs well enough to announce that Windows has been run inside Linux with common PC virtualization software. They even have a little video of it playing a MPEG 4 of The Matrix fullscreen!"

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First Post :) (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349462)

Sweet. My first, first post.

Can you imagine.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349490)

a beowulf cluster of these?

Re:Can you imagine.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349558)

Sorry, but I can't.

Great post though. You were expecting to get +5 funny for this, didn't you? Well, I leave it up to the gentleman moderators. But here's an idea for you: try posting some comments on

arguing that this article isn't worth space on slashdot.

all your base are belong to us

under what license this trick has been done

Richard Stallman

Microsoft is evil

Oh wait... you have done that already haven't you? With the notable exception of the second. I'll arrange that. Hold on.

Re:Can you imagine.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349564)

All your base are belong to us.

Really, they do.

WHY don't you drink FUCKIN' BEER?!?! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349577)

WHAT'S the MATTER, are you QUEER?!?!?!?

Re:WHY don't you drink FUCKIN' BEER?!?! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349706)

What you say!!

FIRST FISH! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349464)

I AM A FISH!

Re:FIRST FISH! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349716)

What sort of fish are you? A tasty one full of succulent flavor? A scrawny one fit to feed my cat? A massive one best used as a trophy on my living room wall? Or a weird poisonous one for the aquarium?

Do we need such things (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349467)

(first post :-) )

Waste of time and money?

oh the irony (5, Funny)

cyborch (524661) | about 12 years ago | (#4349468)

...of taking an MS product and hacking at it 'till it runs linux, just to emulate another MS product.

Re:oh the irony (2, Funny)

bokketies (584972) | about 12 years ago | (#4349540)

I wonder if there's an X-box emulator available for Windows 2000. Now that would kick ass!

Re:oh the irony (-1, Offtopic)

Durindana (442090) | about 12 years ago | (#4349623)

Also gotta love the Apple Pro Keyboard... and that infamous mouse.

It's Frankenbox - Linux on Xbox with, no, not a two-button or even a one-button mouse. A no-button mouse.

its not emulating (1)

fluor2 (242824) | about 12 years ago | (#4349736)

its not emulating another product. its just emulating a virtual computer. in other words, the product itself (win2000) is not emulated.

Can I? (-1, Troll)

roly (576035) | about 12 years ago | (#4349470)

Can I load Linux on XBox, load Windows on it /w VMWare, load another Linux distro with another vmware copy and load windows from ANOTHER vmware copy and load Solaris from vmware in windows?

Re:Can I? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349472)

Well, you'll need a lot of Windows licences.....

Re:Can I? (0)

roly (576035) | about 12 years ago | (#4349477)

I can use the same licence in every one :P

Re:Can I? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349482)

Yes, but the real question is:

Can you do all that while juggling three monkeys and a walrus?

(One would never guess that it's nearly 7 am for me.)

Although you're joking... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349505)

No. You can't run another VMWare session inside of a VMWare session. x86 hardware just isn't suited to virtualisation, and one layer is all you'll get.

Now, you could run Linux under Bochs under Windows 2000 under VMWare under Linux on the XBox....

Re:Although you're joking... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349720)

Don't forget Mac on Linux, with Virtual PC inside!

Microsoft's View (1, Funny)

SmlFreshwaterBuffalo (608664) | about 12 years ago | (#4349474)

I wonder what Microsoft thinks about this. They oppose Linux on the Xbox, but would they oppose Win2K on top of Linux on the Xbox?

And if not, would they oppose Linux on top of Win2K on top of Linux on the Xbox? Or even.......nevermind.

But what would be more fun.. (0)

MikeDX (560598) | about 12 years ago | (#4349476)

Is XBOX running on windows 2000 :)

Win 2k (3, Interesting)

rastachops (543268) | about 12 years ago | (#4349478)

What about running Windows 2000 on the XBox? Has it been done? Can it be done?

Re:Win 2k (2)

psavo (162634) | about 12 years ago | (#4349483)

What about running Windows 2000 on the XBox? Has it been done? Can it be done?

Nope. Unless you're working for MS, or love digging x86 assembly.

Re:Win 2k (1)

cyborch (524661) | about 12 years ago | (#4349487)

yes, it can be done: "now it runs well enough to announce that Windows has been run inside Linux with common PC virtualization software".

Re:Win 2k (1)

rastachops (543268) | about 12 years ago | (#4349488)

...without emulating it inside of linux.

Re:Win 2k (1)

ChadN (21033) | about 12 years ago | (#4349502)

Well, it isn't emulating it. It is virtualizing the system, with hardware passthru for certain graphics features. Pretty impressive; would be ULTRA impressive if the Linux NVidia drivers also worked on XBox, and could be virtualized, so that Windows 2000 on Linux on XBox had accelerated 3D. Fat chance of that, though (unless NVidia cooperated...)

Re:Win 2k (1)

Meowing (241289) | about 12 years ago | (#4349570)

Of course it can be done. The native Xbox kernel is Windows 2000.

Re:Win 2k (3, Informative)

koh (124962) | about 12 years ago | (#4349634)

It's a stripped-down version that runs at ring 0 (in short, a small kernel-space "bundled" win2k).

Maybe it can understand CreateWindowEx(), but it sure won't understand half the routines needed to run PC Windows apps.

Maybe with a custom library CD...

cool but... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349479)

doesn't xbox have a dvd player built in? makes playing a movie [inside doze no less] kinda redundant dontcha think? [br][br] Now, if you could create a small little distro that would make xbox useful for someone who didn't wanna shell out a bunch of money for a desktop 'puter...

Re:cool but... (2, Informative)

Corporate Troll (537873) | about 12 years ago | (#4349672)

What part of "MPEG 4" don't you understand? Yes, it has a DVD player, but DVD is "MPEG 2". They played a DivX, so yes, it is actually interesting.

Re:cool but... (1)

waferhead (557795) | about 12 years ago | (#4349730)

Agreed, if someone wants just a computer, $199 at Wal-Mart gets you a decent machine with Lindows, or probably Mandrake preinstalled.

That's cheaper than an X-Box as of today, no mods, and more games are available.

(I'd go with the Mandrake one personally. It has a user base with a clue, and it tends to work quite well)

But... (5, Funny)

DarkHelmet (120004) | about 12 years ago | (#4349484)

The obvious question is if they can get an Windows XBox Emulator working within Windows2000 on the Xbox.

Re:But... (1, Troll)

SeanTobin (138474) | about 12 years ago | (#4349491)

The obvious question is if they can get an Windows XBox Emulator working within Windows2000 on the Xbox.
And the not-so-obvious question is will the games run faster because of the improved kernel/software ;)

Re:But... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349494)

Nooooo!!! Infinite....loop....frying....brain....!

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349683)

"He's dead, Jim."
"Bones...can...you...fix...it...?"
"Dammit Jim! I'm a doctor, not a computer scientist!"

Re:But... (3, Funny)

falser (11170) | about 12 years ago | (#4349548)

Better yet, could they:

Play an XBox game...
in an XBox emulator...
running in Win2000...
running within Linux.

Re:But... (2, Funny)

jkramar (583118) | about 12 years ago | (#4349729)

Or, to complete the cycle, can they run Linux under an XBox emulator under Windows under Linux under an XBox emulator under Windows under Linux under an XBox emulator under Windows under Linux under an XBox emulator under Windows under Linux under an XBox emulator under Windows under Linux under an XBox emulator under Windows under Linux on an XBox?

video issue (0)

alpha1125 (54938) | about 12 years ago | (#4349485)

I see a old computer monitor... with nothing playing on it.

I think this is a joke, anyone want to confirm?

Re:video issue (2)

perlyking (198166) | about 12 years ago | (#4349497)

I dont, the video is fine for me, it shows an old monitor showing the matrix playing back, they then swivel the monitor and pointedly trace the scart cable to the XBOX (you can guess why!).

I was hoping to see a vmware session of win2k, though perhaps it doesnt work and they are using BOCHS (because its open source...) which wouldnt make for a very dynamic video! :-)

Re:video issue (2)

perlyking (198166) | about 12 years ago | (#4349501)

duh I missed the link:

http://xbox-linux.sourceforge.net/screenshots.ph p

Theres more screenshots and another video on that page, still doesnt show win2k in action though as far as I can see.

Re:video issue (1)

SmlFreshwaterBuffalo (608664) | about 12 years ago | (#4349498)

It's playing, the video is just kinda dark/low quality.

Keep watching and you'll eventually see someone moving the monitor around and such.

Re:video issue (1)

mackstann (586043) | about 12 years ago | (#4349499)

turn up your brightness perhaps? its an old computer monitor....playing the matrix.

heh, no joke

Re:video issue (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349503)

How 'bout 'cha watch the fucking video?

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Virtual, eh? (4, Insightful)

ciryon (218518) | about 12 years ago | (#4349504)

Uhm, did I miss something? Which virtualization software? VMWare? Wine?

Ciryon

Re:Virtual, eh? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349536)

kukhuvud

Re:Virtual, eh? (1)

Tarpan (114764) | about 12 years ago | (#4349596)

Ohhh! not only are you trolling, you are trolling in swedish! *cheer*

win2k games? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349516)

i am curious, i know that xbox runs a stripped down win2k kernel, but is it possible to run win2k with full kernel (maybe even without hardware mods) and run window games? i mean, its the same hardware, and except for the video card driver, which might even be supplied by nvidias unified drivers :P, i think that it would be pretty cool to be able to play all my pc games on an xbox... thnx for any input..

Re:win2k games? (1)

gilesjuk (604902) | about 12 years ago | (#4349551)

The XBox kernel is in a ROM somewhere, I would imagine this gets loaded to RAM and the box starts up. I'm sure the hardware can run a full blown Windows 2000, but since the code to Windows 2000 isn't available you won't see it happening. You would also need some drivers for the motherboard to get it running well.

for Pete's Sake! (5, Insightful)

Naikrovek (667) | about 12 years ago | (#4349518)

Someone PLEASE get these people a decent TV, man! and a better camera! ;)

Those photos would have a lot more impact on me if i could see them better. hehe these guys are doing great things but someone please donate a TV or bigger monitor or whatever they're using.

Re:for Pete's Sake! (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349665)

everyone can see it fine. you're the one complaining, you buy them a tv you jackass.

Just came across this page (5, Informative)

perlyking (198166) | about 12 years ago | (#4349522)

http://www.openoffice.org/screenshots/index.html
screenshots of open office on XBOX.

Emumadness (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349524)

A Playstation 2 with linux running an XBOX emulator running xbox for linux running vm ware running mac os running virtual pc running windows running a x box emulator running linux running vmware running mac os running virtual pc running a playstation 2 emulator.

Re:Emumadness (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349535)

And far off in the distance, you hear the distinct pop of someone's head exploding...

Re:Emumadness (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349732)

eYes, because you have virtual pc on the mac os running a ps2 emulator as the emulated os? I didn't know that was possible, I expected it to run windows, which would run the ps2 emulator!

This could be the future (3, Insightful)

Ed Avis (5917) | about 12 years ago | (#4349528)

If virtualization software becomes cheap and effective, perhaps PC clones five years from now will always boot into Linux or another protected-mode OS and then start Windows on the virtual hardware. It would be a nice way to add more power to BIOS setup screens or to allow installing multiple OSes with no hassle. Perhaps also to let Windows 1984 run even on hardware that hasn't been certified as 'trusted'.

Re:This could be the future (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349603)

Uhm... Windows has used protected mode since Win 3.11 to varying degrees, and the whole of the NT series is fully coded to make use of protected mode.

Re:This could be the future (1)

Ed Avis (5917) | about 12 years ago | (#4349671)

I meant that hardware would boot a protected-mode OS and run Windows under virtualization, as opposed to the current setup when the bootloader uses ye olde real mode and then Windows takes over the whole machine. The point is that there would be a layer between Windows and the hardware.

wow.. running for 6 weeks! (5, Funny)

hugesmile (587771) | about 12 years ago | (#4349529)

Six weeks without crashing! That might be a new record!


I remember when NT first came out, and Microsoft was pushing it as an Enterprise Server. One of their top engineers was involved in the press announcement, and made the comment with pride that some of the systems in the lab have been running for six weeks without crashing.


The analysts and large customers ROASTED him: "We've had AS400's and HP 3000's and 9000's and Dec Vax's that haven't crashed EVER for YEARS."


Somehow, Gates wiggled his way into the data center. Those Vax's and 3000's are probably still running without crashing, ten years later, if they're still there....

...And Microsoft learned to never reward a top engineer by letting him speak at a press announcement.

Re:wow.. running for 6 weeks! (0, Troll)

r3nt0n (142304) | about 12 years ago | (#4349650)

Easy to say they had been running for years, when their software/hardware HAD been out for years. If it was a press release for Windows NT, it wouldn't have been out for years, let alone months in a final release state.

Re:wow.. running for 6 weeks! (1)

PerryMason (535019) | about 12 years ago | (#4349684)

Yeah, but not so easy to say after its been out for 6 years and still struggles to stay up that long. Meanwhile the AS400s are still churning away, up as long as the UPS will keep em that way....

Hell, the MCSE credo is "If the server's playing up, reboot it".

Re:wow.. running for 6 weeks! (1)

r3nt0n (142304) | about 12 years ago | (#4349687)

Very true

Maybe they were trying to say it was better then Windows 95's problem of rebooting every 30 or so days automaticly? If I recall correctly, it was a bug ni Windows 95

Why is it so fascinating? (5, Insightful)

mocm (141920) | about 12 years ago | (#4349530)

Anytime someone gets another program running under
xbox linux you get a new article on /..
What is so surprising? Once you got the kernel with drivers for framebuffer, sound and usb running you could run almost any program that runs under ix86 linux.
The next big news would be that 3d acceleration is running, so that you can run all those 3d games with reasonable speed.
Anybody try the Xbox as a UT server yet? NWN server anyone?
Ok, it's not easy to get Win2000 running with just 64MB.

Re:Why is it so fascinating? (4, Insightful)

mav[LAG] (31387) | about 12 years ago | (#4349625)

Anytime someone gets another program running under
xbox linux you get a new article on /..
What is so surprising?


Probably because it's one of the fundamental drivers of OSS development - the "hey wouldn't it be cool if..." attitude. Linus originally thought it would be cool to have a Unix like OS on 386s. Scratching an itch may have its limitations when it comes to things that OSS is bad at - like user-friendliness - but it's still the driving force behind this kind of porting effort.

Re:Why is it so fascinating? (1)

uchian (454825) | about 12 years ago | (#4349713)

There are a lot of people in OSS who are scratching the user-friendlyness itch at the moment.

Mainly on the big desktop environments, but hey, that's where user friendlyness matters the most at the moment!

Slashdot getting left behind... (0)

houston_pt (514463) | about 12 years ago | (#4349531)

This must be one of the few times this happens, but the Portuguese counterpart of /. , Gildot [gildot.org] has beaten his big brother to the story! You can read it here [gildot.org] !

Now you've done it... (2)

Scratch-O-Matic (245992) | about 12 years ago | (#4349639)

Slashdotted Gildot.

Re:Slashdot getting left behind... (1)

koh (124962) | about 12 years ago | (#4349642)

Great ! you beat /. on that one ! More power to you ! ;))

But even through babelfish the comments are barely understandable... and I can't speak portugese, sorry ;p

Loss leader... uhm, allgone. (2)

jonadab (583620) | about 12 years ago | (#4349538)

For those who have been saying that the xbox-linux project is
bad for MS because it costs them the loss leader, err, I think
running W2K on it covers that loss leader fairly effectively.
Not that it isn't intersting and all, but the price of W2K will
chew up your savings pretty fast. At this point one of those
Microtel PCs (without W2K) might actually be cheaper.

Maybe.... (1)

GoofyBoy (44399) | about 12 years ago | (#4349543)

... its a really funky case mod?

Just kidding. They at least have style/some sort of presentation skills.

Okay.. so how many... (5, Funny)

netsharc (195805) | about 12 years ago | (#4349544)

counts of violation of the DMCA is that?
  • One for cracking the Xbox.
  • Two for pirating Windows.
  • Three for having a bootleg copy of the Matrix.
I guess if you wanna piss 'em off, better do it all at once. :) Anybody have an MP3 of N-"Stupid f'ing-Capitalist-no-space-trip-for-you!"-Sync for them to play?

Re:Okay.. so how many... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349553)

Where did it say they had pirated Windows? They may very well have bought the copy used.

Re:Okay.. so how many... (2, Informative)

_ganja_ (179968) | about 12 years ago | (#4349571)

Maybe there are no counts of the DMCA being breached here?

Xbox is reversed engineered for operability; running GNU/Linux which the DMCA allows.

You assume their copy of Win2k is a pirate version.

How do you know this is a bootleg of the Matrix? They could very well own the original disk / this could well be the trailer.

Re:Okay.. so how many... (1)

psamuels (64397) | about 12 years ago | (#4349578)

Maybe there are no counts of the DMCA being breached here?

Hey, get a sense of humor already. (:

I'm disappointed... (1)

gnovos (447128) | about 12 years ago | (#4349545)

I was hoping they would be creative enough to go one step further and install Cygwin!

Re:I'm disappointed... (2)

richie2000 (159732) | about 12 years ago | (#4349565)

No, VMWare under Win2k and then they can run Linux in a window in Win2k in Wine on Linux on a crippled Win2k kernel on an X-Box on a stick!

Ohh, I'm getting dizzy...

Slashdot needs another topic category (5, Insightful)

irishkev (457679) | about 12 years ago | (#4349549)

"JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN"

Re:Slashdot needs another topic category (1)

PerryMason (535019) | about 12 years ago | (#4349670)

Maybe with an alternative title "How I breached the DMCA".

The story so far... (5, Funny)

xxSOUL_EATERxx (549142) | about 12 years ago | (#4349568)

So now I can download and watch a video... of an MPEG... being played on an OS... which is being EMULATED under another OS.... which is being run on hardware designed for an entirely different OS.

It is fitting that the video in question is from The Matrix. I just want to know what combination of blue and red pills to you take understand the whole setup.

Re:The story so far... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349572)

As someone mentioned earlier, it's not emulation, it's virtualization. There's a difference.

Re:The story so far... (2)

tweakt (325224) | about 12 years ago | (#4349648)

So now I can download and watch a video... of an MPEG... being played on an OS... which is being EMULATED under another OS.... which is being run on hardware designed for an entirely different OS.

Um, actually no. The XBOX normally runs the Windows 2000 kernel.

peercast, can you help me ? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349586)

Now that Madelyne Toogood is free in society, does anybody know when she'll be making her first amateur porn?

Maybe I'm not the only one thinking of her in this way ? ...............

A cheap Win2k box? (4, Insightful)

Chris Canfield (548473) | about 12 years ago | (#4349595)

Great, now you can take a 200 dollar, 800 MHZ machine with a 10 GB Hard Drive, a DVD drive, and no floppy, and (after spending days configuring and futzing) get it to run the same software as a 200 dollar, 800 mhz machine with a 10 GB Hard Drive, a CD drive, and no floppy from wallmart.com.

I'm sorry, I don't mean to be down on the project. But having the nasty green box as a cheap computer just isn't as compelling a reason as it used to be, and Microsoft is getting closer and closer to making a profit off of each one sold. Now, if we could find some way to run unsigned games on the raw system, thus creating a tremendous distribution platform, that would be compelling. If we could find some easy way to translate computer games, that would be compelling. If we could DDoS microsoft.com...

I love the sense of irony these system hackers have and can't wait for the next exciting episode. But somehow anything that might make a Microsoft product more popular in a non-entrenched market just doesn't sit right with me.

Re:A cheap Win2k box? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349632)

Great, now you can take a 200 dollar, 800 MHZ machine with a 10 GB Hard Drive, a DVD drive, and no floppy, and (after spending days configuring and futzing) get it to run the same software as a 200 dollar, 800 mhz machine with a 10 GB Hard Drive, a CD drive, and no floppy from wallmart.com.

Yes, but now you only have to buy one $200 POS instead of 2.

I forgot my password and I'm not browsing from my workstation... I'm really not an AC :P

Re:A cheap Win2k box? (4, Insightful)

0x0d0a (568518) | about 12 years ago | (#4349659)

It's not for practical use. The point is that the thing can run Linux pretty solidly -- enough to pull something like this off.

Plus, it's a "technically cool" project, not one intended to replace your desktop machine.

Re:A cheap Win2k box? (2)

damiam (409504) | about 12 years ago | (#4349697)

Keep in mind that the xbox has a GeForce4, and the Walmart machine has some kind of minor integrated graphics chip with 8mb of shared memory.

Re:A cheap Win2k box? (1)

unoengborg (209251) | about 12 years ago | (#4349709)

From the Linux point of view it would be better to create good games for the standard Linux platform. That way both the Xboxes and the signed MS software can remain on the shelf.

Wow, what sci-en-tists. (0, Troll)

Wakko Warner (324) | about 12 years ago | (#4349604)

They got a PC-based platform to run a PC based operating system inside another PC based operating system.

I do that now with my Athlon 2000 MP.

- A.P.

Re:Wow, what sci-en-tists. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349740)

Did you reverse engineer your BIOS in order to circumvent the requirement to sign the CD which you used to boot your installation CD? How much time did you spend on decoding the locking mechanism and documenting the partition scheme, and the filesystem, used on your harddrive? Did you write your own drivers for the new and undocumented hardware in your Athlon 2000 MP?

No of course you didn't. So keep your trap shut.

Presumably they chose Windows 2000 over Windows XP (1)

mithras the prophet (579978) | about 12 years ago | (#4349605)

since reinstalling on an Xbox just might constitute a "hardware change" sufficient to trigger Product Activation...

But, that is a good reminder of the reduction in casual copying that WPA undoubtedly has brought about (for better or worse).

Re:Presumably they chose Windows 2000 over Windows (5, Funny)

slide-rule (153968) | about 12 years ago | (#4349691)

I think a phone call into product activation would've been a hoot.

Product Activation: "Hello, Product Activation center. What can I do to help you today?"
Crafty Hacker: "Uh, yeah. I need to re-activate my XP installation. I changed a couple things and it apparently tripped something."
PA: "Okay, sure. First, what's the CD Key on your XP installation disk?"
CH: "Err, its [rattles off numbers/letters]."
PA: "Right. Okay. What type of system do you have it running on now,then? I need your make/model, processor speed, [etc.]"
CH: "Well, I guess the system is a Microsoft XBOX. [starts ratting off rest of system specs] --"
PA: "A What? It doesn't run on that. Are you sure you don't mean--"
CH: "No, really... the verification hash of the system is [rattles off numbers/letters]"
PA: "That seems like a valid hash, but..." (Increasingly nervous product activation employee has a panic attack as a manager tries to make sense of the ensuing chaos.)

Great way to stick it to M$ (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349610)

Not only do they lose $150 on the Xbox itself, they lose another $200 on the pirated copy of Win2K. Sweeeeet...

Why is Tux crying??? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349637)

In this screenshot:

Tux crying [sourceforge.net]

is it because he is sitting on top of a Microsoft product???

He looks fine in this picture [sourceforge.net] .

Should be put in the "I goddageddelife" dept. (0, Flamebait)

croftj (2359) | about 12 years ago | (#4349646)

Don't these people have anything better to do with their time and energy. It's almost as wastefull as spending your days on Slashdot!

"common PC virtualization software"? (2)

PhotoGuy (189467) | about 12 years ago | (#4349647)

What virtualization software is that? The only stuff I'm aware of that could run something like Win2K, is VMWare. Is it VMWare? If so, why don't they say VMWare?

Just curious.

Microsoft tactics explained. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349649)

1. Spread the (false) news that the XBox is unhackable. This is a psychological move aimed to attracting hackers and geeks, in other words have more people writing software for the XBox, i.e. more potential employed coders in the future.

2. Spread the (false) news that the XBox is underpriced, and every time one is sold Microsoft loses money. This is plainly false (and in many countries would be illegal). The purpose is of course selling XBoxe[s|n] to Microsoft haters too.

3. Make easily crackable changes to the XBox firmware to hide your real purposes (see point 1).

4. Profit!

Well (1)

mindstrm (20013) | about 12 years ago | (#4349694)

Which virtualisation software was that?

The 'common' virtualization software is Vmware, or Wine. VMware, I doubt works without the proper architecture behind it.. sot hat leaves wine..
but you don't run windows in wine.. so...

What is it?

all that... with a Mac Keyboard and Mouse.... (0, Offtopic)

Evil Dr. Go (66256) | about 12 years ago | (#4349698)

He got the Apple Keyboard hooked up. Now all he needs is to run "OS-X" on the "X-Box" for completion...

B

you've got to admit... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4349704)

they sure got a sense for drama ;)

You *know* they are asking for trouble... (1)

mraymer (516227) | about 12 years ago | (#4349725)

...when they link DIRECTLY to an AVI file on the front page of Slashdot!!! X_X
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