Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th May 2009 08:41 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Windows A little earlier than expected, Microsoft has already released the Windows 7 release candidate to the general public. The Redmond company had already put the RC up for download on TechNet and MSDN, but from now on, everyone can download it. I've already updated all my Windows machines to the RC, so let's take a quick look at what I found. Note: The Windows XP Mode beta is also set to arrive today, but has not yet been made available. We'll update this item accordingly once it's released. Update: The Windows XP Mode beta is also available. Get it now!
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averycfay
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2005-08-29

While it is possible to run a virtualized Windows environment under Linux or BSD, it's difficult to manage and not supported at all by Microsoft.

Running virtualized Windows in Linux is very, very easy with VMware. Also, I'd take VMware support over Microsoft support any day.

That said, use whatever works best for you. A VMware license isn't exactly cheap (although it's useful for a lot more than running one legacy app), and price is one of the main advantages of Linux.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

While it is possible to run a virtualized Windows environment under Linux or BSD, it's difficult to manage and not supported at all by Microsoft.

Running virtualized Windows in Linux is very, very easy with VMware. Also, I'd take VMware support over Microsoft support any day.

That said, use whatever works best for you. A VMware license isn't exactly cheap (although it's useful for a lot more than running one legacy app), and price is one of the main advantages of Linux.



I think the main difference would be that with Microsoft's XP Mode you get official support on both sides of the equation: The host OS and the VM. Plus, it's a free add-on to the host OS so there is no added cost. With Linux and VMware, the OS is free but the VM is not. It would seem to balance out on the surface, but you also have to consider that most WIndows-only companies and organizations have been that way for many years. Not only is there legacy application cruft, but many times there is no desire by the senior IT staff to retrain themselves on another operating environment.

The county government I work for has an IT staff of four people, two administrators and two grunts, who have to manage servers and workstations for 1200 county employees. The two admins are die-hard Microsofties with multiple MS certifications; they cringe at the mere mention of Linux. The two field workers also only have experience with Microsoft though they are a bit more open to change. In such an atmosphere, there is a better chance of switching to Macs than to Linux.

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