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LinuxWorld: Build a useful five-headed penguin

Nov 20, 1999, 01:51 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rawn Shah)

"If you have dual Windows and Linux environments and don't know about VMware 1.1 for Linux -- the latest version -- I strongly suggest that you look into it. It will save you time and energy when switching among systems."

"VMware is a system-emulation environment that implements the hardware of a PC entirely in software. This means that you can install other operating systems directly on one or more of such emulated virtual machine (VM). Each of these guest operating systems runs on top of your host operating system -- in our case, Linux. (VMware has also released a version that runs on Windows NT, but we won't talk about that.) Each guest OS thinks that it is running on its own separate physical machine, and thus does not conflict with the others; VMware apportions out the actual physical devices and device drivers to each guest OS."

"VMware only supports guest OSs that run on Intel-compatible PCs, but can support up to four of these running at the same time, and each can be of a radically different type. For example, you could have Windows 2000, Windows 98, FreeBSD, and Solaris all running as guest OSs on top of your Linux host OS. Each of these operating systems is implemented very differently, but, for all intents and purposes, uses the virtual machines in the same way."

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