Twisted Hat

I did a very twisted thing today. I installed Red Hat Linux 7.2 under Virtual PC 5 for Mac OS X. Yes, folks, watch the man on the high wire! Linux running under Intel chip emulation on a Unix platform that can also emulate PC and Mac OS 9. Ta Da! It's nifty. I'm curious to test its compilation speed versus the native speed of OS X compiling stuff. It'll also be nice to have multiple environments on the road. My next Seattle Times column will be about tri-platform Mac-in-puting: Unix, OS X, and Windows-via-Virtual PC. On all other platforms, you're limiting to a single platform per boot (mostly). (The WINE emulator to run Windows programs under Unix is an application emulator, not a processor simulator.)