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InfoWorld: Am I the only one who doesn't know why to use VMware?

Dec 10, 2000, 18:47 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"After I wrote about Win4Lin a few weeks ago, I was bombarded with questions from readers. (Win4Lin is a product that allows you to install and run Windows 95 or Windows 98 under Linux.) Most of you wanted to know how Win4Lin compares to VMware."

"The comparison is appropriate. Win4Lin has one purpose: to provide a fast, stable Windows environment so you can run Windows productivity applications under Linux. VMware is a general purpose virtual machine that allows you to run Windows productivity applications under Linux."

"Some readers asked about the possibility of running Windows games. I can't imagine why anyone would want to run games within a virtual machine running Windows. But I'll answer, even if reluctantly. Win4Lin doesn't support DirectX, which is required by most games. VMware does support DirectX. Therefore, some 2-D games may be playable. But 3-D accelerated games will run like a slide show. And while I'm on the topic of what you can and cannot do, neither Win4Lin nor VMware supports DVD drives or allows you to write to CD-R (CD-Recordable) or CD-RW (CD-Rewritable) drives."

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