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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eh?
by scott y. on Fri 10th May 2002 07:32 UTC

I got onto the virt pc bandwagon the day the beta was
publically announced... (or so).. and ended up picking
it up for a reduced rate a month later. I knew that vmware
was a much more mature product, but I also know that vmware and bochs were dead slow.

to me, virtual pc blew away vmware in terms of ease of
use, price and speed.

for the cds and floppies, can't you "bind" them to the virt pc? vs sharing them with the host?

I run all my system now through virtual pc -- because I use a type of home-grown "ghost" imaging of the base os installs of win95, win98 and freebsd... although I haven't had to re-install the freebsd :->

Basically, my 900mhz laptop running virtual pc hosting freebsd is FASTER than my 500mhz celeron running freebsd native. Oh well.

So, anyway, my current laptop has 512mb ram, next will have 1 GB. disk is 20 GB or so, next will probably be at least 30. So with this much ram and 128mb to each virtual, I can run everything I need from one machine.

I see vmware as a much more mature product and ready for use in business for server farms and the like and probably both vmware and virtpc would be good/great for home use. I simply liked the easy of the interface and speed of virtpc.

Scott
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