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MacWeek: Connectix upgrades Virtual PC

Dec 05, 2000, 15:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Beale)

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"Virtual PC allows users to run PC DOS, Red Hat Linux and various flavors of Microsoft Windows on a Power Mac G3 or G4 system. Performance is typically the biggest issue with PC emulators, and Connectix said the new version is up to twice as fast as previous releases, with enhanced support for the PowerPC G4's Velocity Engine. Connectix representatives demonstrated the software for MacWEEK, and while we did not subject it to our own tests, it did appear to be much faster than its predecessors."

"You can run multiple versions of Windows (or Red Hat Linux), limited only by memory and drive capacity. The virtual machines are displayed as dynamic thumbnail images in a window, which also lists the current status of each (running, not running, saved or paused). Interface enhancements include scrollable windows and support for three-button mice and scroll mice."

"Connectix has also enhanced VPC's network support. The software's Shared IP technology allows the virtual Windows machine to use the Mac's network settings. VPC 4.0 enhances the feature by providing support for DHCP servers, allowing virtual Windows and Linux machines in VPC to share the Mac's DHCP settings. As before, you can print to networked PC printers. The software also allows use of many USB devices, such as Cardscan 500, for which there are no Mac drivers (one exception is Wacom's PenPartner tablet). You'll need Mac OS 9 to take advantage of the USB support."

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