On 01/02/06, Simon Faulkner <simon(a)titanic.co.uk> wrote:
Nice work Russ.
Thanks. I was particularly chuffed with the Linux-in-Windows-in-Linux.
Not particularly useful, but very satisfyingly geeky :-)
I had a play with Qemu on FC4 and have the linux.img running but
loaded an XP image yet.
If you want to emulate x86 on x86, then kqemu apparently increases the
speed quite significantly. I haven't tried it, though, since it has to
be installed from source, and I generally just install packages.
I have been using VM Ware for many years - it allows me to run
instances of Win2K, each with a separate version of MS Access (so they
don't argue). It is also great for the snapshot facility so you can
test software against a fresh PC every time and you don't have to worry
about old .dlls lying around.
The snapshot facility is apparently one of the things missing from
VMWare player. However, since the virtual drive is just a pair of
files, it's easy enough to make a copy before you do stuff. I now have
a gzipped tarball that contains a bare Windows 2000 with SP4 &
patches, so I can create a new Windows 2000 machine by simply
extracting those files.
We use VMWare a lot at work. We do a lot of development, so it's handy
to be able to test how (if) a new app will work on a plain Windows
install, or to find out what dependencies it has.
We should also take a look at CoLinux - great for laptops.
I've never really played with CoLinux, partly because I don't have a
copy of Windows XP. I thought about installing it on my work laptop in
my last job, but never quite got around to it.