[WBEL-users] Re: VMWare
maartin.barac at gmail.com
Thu Mar 10 09:50:24 CST 2005
I have used vmware on Fedora Core 2 & 3 without issues, I have to agree Henry.
You are going to need some memory, my box is a dual PIII 800 with
total 512Mb memory and windows was stable and not THAT slow, it was
compareable to a (single) PIII 800 with 256 running windows native.
I even loaded windows dev programs such as Visual Studio .NET 1.1 (in
the VM) and that also worked fine. But what surprised me the most was
that when I plugged in my USB removeable drive it would register in
the VM as well. I had once or twice that VMWare 'froze' my whole box
and I needed to reset nothing else worked. But then that could have
been something with my FC2 setup, when I moved to FC3 all the problems
went away. I would recommend VMWare.
On Wed, 9 Mar 2005 09:31:26 -1000, Henry Stilmack
<h.stilmack at jach.hawaii.edu> wrote:
> 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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