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PC Magazine: 2000 Technical Excellence Awards: Software: VMware Wins; Gnutella, Thinkfree Finalists

Nov 14, 2000, 22:12 (0 Talkback[s])

"Unlike emulators, which merely interpret foreign applications (and therefore run slowly), VMware manages resources efficiently and separately. In fact, if you have plenty of RAM, applications running on these virtual machines will perform as well as those running on actual machines. And each virtual machine runs in its own protected space, so crashes in one VM won't affect other VMs that are running. You control the hardware available to each guest OS, limiting access to RAM and other resources as needed."

"Peer-to-peer is hot, and Gnutella represents a true implementation of this technology. Designed as a peer-to-peer file sharing application, Gnutella functions as both a search engine and file server, letting users search for and share files of all types. Unlike Napster, which relies on centralized servers for searching, Gnutella lets clients interact directly with one another. "

"ThinkFree's execution is striking. The applications are robust, the interface is elegant, and the speed is impressive. Thanks to intelligent caching, ThinkFree Office can be used off-line. The file manager's toolbar launches applications and lets you manage both local files and those stored on your ThinkFree Cyberdrive."

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