Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 3rd Feb 2011 22:25 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes In this series of OS News articles, I've described how to refurbish mature computers. One useful technique is to run multiple operating systems on a single computer. This retains the benefits of the existing Windows install and couples it with the advantages of open source software. This article explores different techniques to run multiple operating systems on one computer and discusses their benefits and shortcomings.
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Don't Forget about VMware Player!
by Wemgadge on Fri 4th Feb 2011 02:24 UTC
Wemgadge
Member since:
2005-07-02

Don't forget that since Version 3 of Player, VMware Player has the same feature set as VMware Fusion and is able to create virtual machines, import Windows XP mode and more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VMware_Player

Disclosure: I work at VMware, but any opinions here are my own.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Don't forget that since Version 3 of Player, VMware Player has the same feature set as VMware Fusion and is able to create virtual machines, import Windows XP mode and more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VMware_Player

Disclosure: I work at VMware, but any opinions here are my own.


Indeed. I personally like VMware, it's pretty fast, it's got lots of usability-enchancing features, and it's stable. Not to mention that VMware Player is great for simply running another OS without all the bells and whistles of the full-blown interface of Workstation.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Make it work with Debian.

VMware really was my introduction to virtualization and is fantastic at what it does but not being able to install VMware Server 2 on Debian 5 or 6 was the deal breaker. I was on the verge of buying VM Workstation based on it shipping a working Linux native build but couldn't confirm that it would work any better with Debian. When Virtualbox delivered easy bridged network device setup the competition got me.

VMware (Server edition at least) still has the advantage of easy "boot at host startup" settings for VMs where Virtualbox prefers to run them inside a user session.

Debian is not obscure enough a distribution to not be supported though; especially if Ubuntu can be, according to the download site.

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