Wednesday, December 03, 2003

VMWare vs. Virtual PC-

VMWare vs. Virtual PC- "One place you'll find a difference between the two is with operating system support. When you first run Virtual PC, it warns you that it is only sipported on Windows 2000 Pro or Windows XP Pro (though it seems to be running fine on my Windows 2000 Advanced Server test box). VMware has no such limitation, with the host running on everything from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003 (plus a version that runs on Linux). Virtual PC limits the supported operating systems inside of virtual machines to Windows (all flavors), DOS, and OS/2 (which, after all, was a Microsoft production). However, there's an "other" setting that lets you install pretty much anything you want, so it's not like there's an anti-Linux conspiracy here; it's just not something that Redmond cares to support. VMware's supported guest operating systems include everything Virtual PC lists except for OS/2, plus Linux, FreeBSD, and Netware 5 and 6. Again, there's an "other" setting you can use, though VMware appears to be slightly less forgiving of truly odd operating systems."

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