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Desktop Linux Virtualization Options

Feb 10, 2009, 18:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

"Today, we see successes with virtualization from the server on down to the lowly desktop PC. Despite these successes, the question as to which virtualization or "VM solution," is best suited for the job on the desktop front remains largely unanswered. I certainly find this to be relevant for desktop Linux users who remain stuck with specific legacy Windows applications that really do not play well with WINE.

"Given WINE's shortcomings, it's worthwhile to explore what desktop virtualization solutions work best with specific desktop Linux environments. Here's what I came up with.

"VMWare -- At a price of $189 for the Linux Workstation version, some people consider this VM to be a costly option. Yet once potential users realize that VMWare Workstation is targeting professionals over the casual user, the cost suddenly seems like it has the ability to become a sound investment. VMWare Workstation provides a level of functionality for the end user unmatched by any other alternative out there to date."

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