"VMWare is virtual machine software that lets you run
multiple operating systems on a single-processor x86 machine.
We talked with VMWare's cofounder and chief scientist, Mendel
Rosenblum about VMWare's technology, users, and
"Sims: You know, it's interesting that you mention the slowdown.
I have heard that it takes quite a bit of memory to VMWare. Is that
your feedback also? How much memory do you recommend on, say a
Linux running on a Pentium box?"
"Rosenblum: Well, I think the minimum memory you would even
probably consider doing this is 64 megs and it runs very
comfortably in a 128 megs. So we recommend is put as much memory as
you can on your machine, but we have people write us all the time
saying "I'm running with 64 megs and it's enough." The issue is
that, you know, you're running this whole new environment with the
applications. It will still run if you don't have the memory,
enough physical memory on your machine, it's just that you end up
having to go to disk and that can slow you down tremendously. The
minimum requirements to actually run the software is even lower
than 64 megs it's just that end-user experience, your disk light
would be on most of the time, you'd be sitting there waiting for
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