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The Autobiography of Russell
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zimzat
zimzat
Angel!VMWare ;-)
Why did I not discover VMWare before now? I'm only using the 30-day trial at the moment, and I know the $200 price tag that comes along with it is very steep, but it's a life saver as far as I'm concerned.

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swanhart From: swanhart Date: May 6th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
You can get the open source version for free. Or VMWare server, also free, currently in beta. Yup, it is just that cool.

There are also Bochs and qEmu, both open source. There are nice GUI frontends to Bochs now too. Neither support direct-x acceleration, something VMware does support via openGL translation. I don't get the sense that you play a lot of 3d games though :)

swanhart From: swanhart Date: May 6th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
The big advantage of server is that you can have VMs start automatically on boot, rather than having to log in and start your VMs manually. It internally uses VNC to get the virtual displays from the VMs.

Cool shit.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 6th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm using the VMware Workstation because they don't provide a Windows system. I needed to get into Windows to use DVD Shrink and DVD Decryptor. I might also use it for Paint Shop Pro and whatever else.

I tried to use those programs through Wine but the fonts just wouldn't display and then they crashed anyway.

If I understand what you're saying about VMware Server, I don't really need that. I just need occasional use of Windows for a few programs I haven't found decent replacements for in Linux. Most of those programs I need to be sitting at my desktop to use anyway so it wouldn't make sense to access Windows remotely in that case.

I might try out those free ones you mentioned, but I'm very tempted not to. The installation of VMware Workstation went so smoothly I really don't want to see how complicated they get. >.>
swanhart From: swanhart Date: May 6th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't pay $200 for VMware workstation when you can get the identical open source version for free. Thats like paying for CrossOver Office. Sure you get support, but don't buy it until you need the support. It is easy enough to compile it yourself.

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