- From: General Schvantzkoph <schvantzkoph@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 27 Jul 2007 19:36:57 GMT
On Fri, 27 Jul 2007 18:57:15 +0000, stan wrote:
General Schvantzkoph <schvantzkoph@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
The Linux version of Parallels is a piece of crap. However VMware works
splendidly and it's free.
Well- yes and no. The low end "player" is indeed free but the
"workstation" and other products get expensive very fast. Once you have
or can find a virtual machine that does what you want the free player is
fine. But if you want to create a new VM, you need to fork over some $$.
VMware server is free, I'm using it with W2K, XP, and CentOS 4 VMs on top
of Fedora 7. Vmware server is a little less capable then VMware
workstation (which is not free) but I've found it to be good enough. The
performance seems to be near native. The only feature that it doesn't
have is the ability to directly mount Linux directories as Windoze disks.
The workaround is to us SAMBA to export your directories and then mount
the in Windows as network mounts. In VMware the performance of these
network mounted directories is very good so this limitation isn't a
problem. I don't think VMware server takes advantage of the hardware
virtualization support in the latest processors but that isn't really a
problem because their software virtualization is very fast. I've used
Win4LinPro and Parallels and both were much slower and both are riddled
with serious bugs. I haven't run into any problems with VMware Server.
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