"Today, we see successes with virtualization from the server on
down to the lowly desktop PC. Despite these successes, the question
as to which virtualization or "VM solution," is best suited for the
job on the desktop front remains largely unanswered. I certainly
find this to be relevant for desktop Linux users who remain stuck
with specific legacy Windows applications that really do not play
well with WINE.
"Given WINE's shortcomings, it's worthwhile to explore what
desktop virtualization solutions work best with specific desktop
Linux environments. Here's what I came up with.
"VMWare -- At a price of $189 for the Linux Workstation version,
some people consider this VM to be a costly option. Yet once
potential users realize that VMWare Workstation is targeting
professionals over the casual user, the cost suddenly seems like it
has the ability to become a sound investment. VMWare Workstation
provides a level of functionality for the end user unmatched by any
other alternative out there to date."