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c't: VMware 1.0: Windows with Linux

Jul 28, 1999, 19:33 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Siering)

Thanks to Fred Mobach for this link.

"No missing out on popular operating systems and the respective applications for people who like working with Linux any more. VMware under Linux simulates a PC inside a PC and runs DOS, Windows & co in it."

"Compared to its previous version (see c't 7/99), VMware has essentially been fine-tuned and, for example, problems with German keyboard settings have been eliminated. What's a real bonus is that MVware have re-thought their pricing and are now offering a competitive version for private use."

"VMware uses the host operating system's (currently Linux) resources only for providing an independent PC. While traditional emulators make a big effort to mirror one operating system's functions onto another, VMware doesn't even try. Sufficient performance provided Windows & co will run flawlessly in the X window."

"VMware recommends a system with 64 MBytes of RAM and a Pentium II with 266 MHz. For everyday use, a normal Pentium should do the trick. Sufficient main memory is essential. There should be physically enough for both host and guest system(s) to breathe freely and for none of the systems to be forced to relocate data. With current Linux systems (kernel 2.2.x), VMware profits from an additional CPU. However, only the host system will benefit. Only one CPU is available to the guest systems."

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