"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."