"The free software Plex86 project says it has successfully
booted a copy Windows in the environment. ...Plex aims to
'virtualize' the Windows environment, as opposed to performing an
instruction-for-instruction emulation of the underlying
"So Plex should be much faster than straightforward emulation,
but at the cost of cross-platform compatibility. The challenge it's
set itself is more difficult by an order of magnitude."
"The project has some way to go still to achieve the
slickness of the latest commercial VMWare releases, which can
suspend a session and give allocated memory back to the host
session - a very big deal indeed. But at $299 or $399 VMWare is
priced for business users, rather than for light users, enough to
prohibit it from being bundled in the majority of desktop
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