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Re: [vox] Win4Lin vs VMWare...
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Re: [vox] Win4Lin vs VMWare...

I haven't ran Win4Lin so I dunno... I was also looking for an evaluation 
version, but no such luck.

For me, VMWare (2.x and now 3.0) is nice.  I have Windows 98 SE installed 
on the physical disk, but got sick of 98 SE crashing.  I setup VMWare to 
boot it.  (I tried this setup with Windows 2000 as well, but the ACPI on 
Motherboard vs Normal PnP BIOS from VMWare was too much for me to 
overcome).  It has sound and some DirectX support (Half-Life in software 
mode works fine).  I use it for a few games and office.

My friend with Windows XP has an external?!? (he says) winmodem that 
wasn't supported.  He uses VMWare to run 98 and then shares the modem from 

I don't think your DC10 driver will work, because VMWare won't pass it 
through its hardware layer.  You get VMWare's SVGA Driver, hard drive 
driver, sound driver (SB16 compatible), and network driver (AMD PCNet), 
regardless of what you really have in the system.

VMWware froze up on me while shutting down this morning... First time. :)

> On Wednesday 01 May 2002 03:35 pm, you wrote:
> > Fellow LUGODders,
> >
> > I am considering buying either VMWare or Win4Lin. I am sick of having 
> > wife's computer going south every 5 minutes (hyperbole intended). I 
> > to go Linux all the way but still give her (and me) the ability to run
> > Windows apps.
> >
> > There is an evaluation version of VMWare available, but I can't find
> > anything like that at the Win4Lin site. Anyone run either program? Is
> > Win4Lin as good as VMWare? Win4Lin is a heck of a lot cheaper
> > than VMWare--suffice to say, I'm leaning in that direction.
> >
> > Thanks!
> I've used both.  VMware is sort of a BIOS, and provides a virtual disk, 
> pretty much just like running normal windows, it even crashes, and, with 
> Win98, doesn't shut down properly.  It's somewhat slower than native, 
> doesn't run sound and games, but maybe version 3.1 does, I'm upgrading 
> 3.0 to 3.1 right now.  It's the most compatible; it's just running 
windows on 
> a time slice.
> Win4Lin is pretty cool, it comes up fast; I couldn't get our Novell 
> with it though.  It is a good product.
> I would go with win4lin, the price is a lot better.  
> There is another alternative, if you just want to run Office, and 
> plugins, based on Wine.  Check www.codeweavers.com.  You don't need to 
> install windows with it.  It still has a ways to go, but is only $60 or 
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