Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 8th May 2002 16:41 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The open source Bochs, VMware Workstation by VMware, Inc. and VirtualPC from Connectix are applications that virtualize or emulate the x86 hardware, allowing you to run multiple operating systems on top of a "host" operating system that these three applications run upon. This means that you will be able to run Linux or FreeBSD or other supported "guest" OSes under Windows, Linux (or Macintosh), inside a window or fullscreen. But which one delivers the best performance for the money? And what about the free Bochs?
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Hi Eugenia
by kevpatt on Wed 8th May 2002 17:31 UTC

Remember me from Be days? (maybe not)

Only one point to quibble with: In your article blurb, you state that "Bochs... are applications that virtualize the x86 hardware..." Well, I know that you clarify that in the article, but the blurb is incorrect, since Bochs is really a full-blown emulator, not a "virtualizer" like VMWare. I wish it were! What's up with Plex86, anyway?

Anyhoo, thought you might want to know that I was able to install, boot, and RUN BeOS R5 in VMWare 3.5 beta. Only a few glitches, such as no color (stub VGA as expected), and wrong CPU speed ID (probably a loop during the boot process, gets hosed by the VM), so it reports my Atlon 1.4 as about 60 MHz, and of course the BeOS system clock runs like I'm in a future-going time machine. ;)

I suspect that VMWare doesn't handle very well the MSRs that BeOS uses for high-resolution timing? Too bad.