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Re: [SLUG] win4lin (vs VMware)
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] win4lin (vs VMware)
- From: Peter Rundle <peter.rundle@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue Sep 26 11:38:09 2000
- Organization: Interpath Australia
> despite 700Mhz and 128MB, I find the performance quite bad.
I'm running VMWare on a 200MHz Pentium Pro with 128M of RAM at home. This
installation is just acceptable (the virtual Machine is running NT with
Oracle and a CAD application). I used to run this app native on a Pentium
90Mhz 64Mb, and at a rough guess I'd say the 200Mhz virtual machine was 1.5
to 2 times faster.
At work I have a 500Mhz PIII and 256Mb of RAM. Originally this machine also
only had 128mb and increasing the Ram to 256 made a huge difference. I can
run two VM sessions on this box concurrently and it's quite acceptable. You
absolutely must install the vmware-toolbox otherwise performance is crap. I
have also run VMware via an X-term (linux terminal server project) and the
performance is fine (though initially I thought it was unusable until I got
the X-term's mouse configured correctly). Unfortunately VMware won't go into
full screen on a remote X-term.
I've installed the following OSes into a virtual machine, NT, 98, Redhat
(6.1,6.2,6.9), Mandrake 7.1. All worked fine. Whenever I'm trying something
that looks a bit sus, I install it into a virtual machine (usually make a
copy of the .dsk file first). This way if it craps my machine I just blow
the .dsk away and go back to the original. I installed the Linux Terminal
server stuff this way, (not that I don't trust you Ken :-), but it worked
just fine. I usually run my virtual machines via
esddsp vmware /dir/to/config/machine.cfg
I this way you get sound in the virtual machine without locking your
I also understand that if you have a dual boot environment, you can config
VMware to run the other OS from the actual disk rather than installing in
a virtual disk, I've never tried this but sounds very interesting...