[WBEL-users] Re: VMWare
h.stilmack at jach.hawaii.edu
Wed Mar 9 13:31:26 CST 2005
Daniel J. Summers wrote:
> I'm thinking about saving up the money to purchase VMWare, so I can run
> the few Windows apps that I can't get working with wine under Linux
> without having to reboot. $189 is pretty pricey for an individual,
> though - before I spend that money, I wanted to hear from some
> experienced VMWare users.
> Does it really support *everything* the way a system usually would?
> Would it recognize USB devices that Linux doesn't? (I'm thinking in
> particular about my scanner - although I could probably get a new
> scanner for a lot less than $189. ;> ) I also would like to run
> Fujitsu COBOL (which I have the Windows version) and Paint Shop Pro 5
> (an older version, but it does what I need it to, and it's paid for).
> IE would be nice, too, just so I can see how my web pages look without
> having to VNC to my wife's computer to do it.
> I'm also all-ears if you know of another emulator-type product that
> works well. Thanks!
We've been using VMware since version 1 - it is _excellent_.
VMware is a complete emulator - you actually install Windows onto a virtual machine, and yes, you will be able to run all Windows software on it. I can even use my Lexmark all-in-one (X6100) printer/scanner with VMware, whereas I'm still trying to hack together a Linux driver for it (grumble). AFAICT, you should be able to use any device that has a Windows driver.
One caveat - buy more memory or your performance will suck greatly. I'd say you need to be able to give VMware/Windows at least 1GB for it's exclusive use to get anything close to native performance out of it.
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