keithvz at verizon.net
Wed Feb 17 13:00:26 CST 2010
Jim Brain wrote:
> On 2/17/2010 11:55 AM, John Foust wrote:
>> For the Windows-based emulators, I suspect we'll soon have a file format
>> that bundles all of an application and its data into a redistributable
>> single-file format. You can see glimpses of this already in the
>> enterprise tools that let you run an app this way, without actually
>> installing it into your registry and hard drive. Maybe it'll be a
>> way from all this Windows ugliness.
> This is my primary reason for using VMWare. My personal laptop is a
> workhorse and I can ill afford to be without it. When I am suspicious
> of an application (not just for uncertainty on intention, but some older
> apps for design work are bad WIndows apps), I'll load it into a VM. If
> it works but trashes the OS, I'm not out a lot.
I forget who recommended it here, but that Symantec Application
virtualization would be perfect for that type thing. (but isn't
supported under 64-bit OS's)
It is trialware, but think it's unlimited, so basically free.
I also use VMware (workstation), because my Xilinx FPGA ISE software
suite isn't supported on Vista 64-bit. This may have recently changed,
but I have an XP 32-bit VM installed, and then run it inside that. It's
also nice to have things separately installed --- it doesn't affect
anything and nothing affects it.
There can be minor USB driver issues, especially if the host does not
have a device driver for a particular piece of hardware. This changed
at one point, but lack of a driver on the host didn't necessarily
preclude using it successfully under the VM itself.
I tried virtualbox, but had compatibility problems with it and other
linux OS's, and had an XP installation blue-screen. Virtualbox has some
nice features like side by side host and VM applications on the same
desktop. But overall, the lack of compatibility made me uninstall it.
VMware has been stable, reliable, and has nice features for smart and
automatic installation of certain types of windows VMs. So it makes
installing Windows VMs really quick and easy --- bypassing most of the
normal setup screens.
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