VMware appliances

Patrick Finnegan pat at computer-refuge.org
Wed Feb 17 07:31:16 CST 2010

On Wednesday 17 February 2010, Dave McGuire wrote:
> On Feb 17, 2010, at 3:57 AM, Andrew Back wrote:
> >>>> I was curious to see if anyone mentioned VMware as an emulation
> >>>> environment
> >>>> on this list.  The archives show a brief conversation about it
> >>>> in 2002
> >>>> regarding whether it could run OS/2.
> >>>
> >>> I don't see why it wouldn't run OS/2, or most other operating
> >>> systems that
> >>> were available on x86.
> >>
> >>   I've had no luck at all getting OS/2 running under VMware ESXi.
> >
> > Oh. Where did it fail? OS/2 didn't support the emulated graphics?
> >
> > Perhaps I have an oversimplified view of the issues involved in
> > running
> > classic x86 operating systems under modern virtualisation.
>    I'm sorry, I don't recall exactly.  I *think* it was something
> along the lines of not being able to run unless host CPU supports
> hardware virtualization.  I am finishing up some time-critical stuff
> right now; I will try it again tomorrow and let you know where it
> blows up.

IIRC, it has to do with the way OS/2 uses segment registers/the MMU.  It 
appears, however, that VirtualBox supports OS/2.  Based on how annoying 
VMware has been over the past few years, and what you can do (for free) 
with VirtualBox, I would strongly suggest trying that instead.

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