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The Register: Linux gets a virtual Windows boost with Plex86

Nov 17, 2000, 17:33 (6 Talkback[s])
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"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 processor."

"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 distros."

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