Connectix has announced the release of a beta version of its
Virtual PC product for Intel hardware. The software allows users to
run guest operating systems, much like VMWare. Unlike VMWare,
however, the product only runs under Windows 2000, Windows NT, and
Windows ME. According to the company, the final product will ship
in mid-June at an estimated price of $199.
PCWorld.com wrote up a brief
review of the product, giving it generally good marks, but
pointing out the underlying irony of running a stable operating
system as a guest under Windows:
Red Hat Linux installed and ran smoothly. However, the
stability benefits gained with Linux are negated by fact it runs
under the less-stable Windows 98. Besides supporting Red Hat Linux,
Virtual PC works with the latest Linux distributions from SuSE and
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