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NewsForge: Plex86, VMware compete to get rid of dual booting

Nov 20, 2000, 21:33 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

"Two products, one in its infancy and one offered by an established company, aim to do away with the popular option of dual booting to run Windows applications on your Linux machine."

"VMware Workstation for Linux, which allows users to run multiple virtual computers on a single PC, now has competition, with members of the Plex86 project announcing last week that they have successfully run Windows 95 on top of Linux Mandrake. (Attacking the issue of running Windows programs from another angle is the Wine project, which doesn't run Windows, but allows Windows programs to run on Linux and Unix.)..."

"Backers of both projects tout the "virtual machines" concept as an alternative to dual-booting Linux and Windows, and VMware has marketed its Linux version, which has been sold since May 1999, as a tool for developers, QA testers, and others who have to test applications in more than one operating system environment. But the virtual machines products are also finding fans among users who just want to run an application or two that aren't available in Linux."

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