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Mar 05, 2001, 20:21 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Field)

"Many Linux users, for one reason or another, have to use Windows for one reason or another. Perhaps there is an application they need for their job that isn't available for Linux and does not work with Wine. In cases like this, until recently, you would need either two machines or one machine that you would have to reboot into one OS or another."

"This is where VMWare comes in. VMWare is a product that uses what VMWare calls its "MultipleWorlds" technology. Essentially, VMWare creates virtual machines within your machine. These virtual machines are capable of running most popular x86 operating systems within them. In fact, they really are like normal machines -- they even have a BIOS, as you can see in the image to the right."

"VMWare supports most major x86 operating systems, such as Linux, FreeBSD, Windows versions from 3.1 to 98 Second Edition, versions of Windows NT from 4.0 Service Pack 3 to Windows 2000, and MS-DOS. The version of VMWare I reviewed was the Workstation Edition, which allows you to have as many Virtual Machines with as many operating systems as your machine can handle and retails for $299. The Workstation Edition is available both for Linux and Windows NT platforms, allowing you to go either way (Linux on Windows or Windows on Linux). VMWare also offers an Express Edition. The Express Edition only allows you to have one Windows 9X installation, but retails for only $99. This product would be useful for those who strictly need the ability to run Windows 9X on their Linux machine."

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