"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."