[WBEL-users] Re: VMWare
textux at bellsouth.net
Thu Mar 10 10:11:01 CST 2005
I've been using VMWare since the beginning of the year and I'm thrilled.
I was able to convert my dual boot laptop to a Linux boot w/ vmware
sessions for the various windows tasks that my work requires. I can run
LotusNotes and a windows VPN in vmware while running OpenOffice on the
WhiteBox desktop. I can run an IBM message broker configuration manager
in the VMWare windows session and manage a Linux based broker on the
host Whitebox session (that won't make much sense unless you work w/ WBI
Message Broker, but trust me; It's cool).
I have been able to get by with 1Gb total Ram, but I can't run two
VMWare sessions simultaneously. Definitely, the more ram the better the
performance and the more you can do.
Henry Stilmack 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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