[Nottingham] Some fun with the "free" VMware Player
martin at stupids.org
Wed Dec 21 12:53:16 GMT 2005
On Wed, 2005-12-21 at 10:41 +0000, Michael Erskine wrote:
> I don't know if anyone else is having a bash at this: I saw an article on
> RootPrompt yesterday afternoon about running multiple operating systems with
> VMware (http://RootPrompt.org/article.php3?article=9497 -->
Although not quite as fast as vmware, I have been using qemu for much
the same thing for a while, and I prefer it because it is open source.
(and I even fixes a big in an old version, yay!)
It is primarily an emulator rather than a virtualiser which has the
advantage of running guests for different architectures than the host,
but has the disadvantage of being quite a bit slower.
However, there is a virtualisation kernel module plugin available for
the x86 on x86 case which makes things much faster.
At work, I use a win2k VM for testing our web apps for IE compatability.
It is perfectly useable.
I think qemu is a very good alternative to vmware because it is free in
both senses. (the virtualisation module is currently non-free, but has
source available which is better than nothing.) Also, qemu can work
from vmware disk images apparently.
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