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Linux Magazine: Getting Virtual with VMware 2.0 [Review]

Aug 27, 2000, 21:38 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lou Grinzo)

"VMware is one of those programs you have to see in action to appreciate completely. In fact, the longer you've been using computers on various platforms, the more impressive it is. Simply put, VMware lets you create virtual machines and install whatever operating system and applications you want in each one (provided the software is compatible with the Intel x86 architecture) and run it in a window on your Linux desktop. There's also a version that runs under Windows NT/2000 with the same features."

"We installed VMware 2.0 onto a Red Hat 6.1 system using the provided scripts and then installed Windows 98SE into a virtual machine with 2 GB of disk space. ... We experienced no problems when running Windows 98 and several applications we installed in its VM. Of course, running any operating system under VMware exacts a noticeable performance penalty, and it's definitely not how you'd want to run performance-sensitive work."

"If you need or want to run another operating system or configuration under Linux, or even several at different times, without buying another computer, then we highly recommend you give VMware a test drive. Try to remember that it's not magic, just really good software."

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