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VMWare Player

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by NotAGolf, 8 Jun 2010.

  1. NotAGolf

    Wise Guy

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    Hi all.

    Want to have a play with a few different OS' but I don't want to faff about partitioning disks etc to dual boot so I thought I'd have a go at using a virtual machine, VMWare Player to be precise.

    However, I've always been a bit skeptical about this type of software as I'm of the opinion that surely it doesn't work exactly the same as a 'real' install.... but then again I suppose it has to as this is the whole point of them! So is there any difference (apart from slower performance)?

    Main use for it will be to learn a bit more about linux, and in particular networking using it. Will VM Player be adequate?

    Thanks.
     
  2. metalmackey

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    Have you considered virtualbox? I found it better for Linux guests last time I used a VM that VMware player as it has hardware OpenGL support, VMware player was better at DirectX though. Haven't used 'em for a while so might of changed by now:)
     
  3. SiriusB

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    I find VirtualBox is generally easier to use. Especially when it comes to bridging network adapters [so the guest can access the interwebs/LAN].

    Linux will run fine in a VM and you aren't likely to notice any differences, other than the limits of the virtual hardware.
     
  4. no idea what

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    I find my XP install runs faster than it did when it was on VMware. Not had any experience with any other OS's on it though.
     
  5. NotAGolf

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    Cool. Thanks for the help guys.

    I went for VMWare as I thought this was more popular, so I thought it'd be better to get to grips with it in case I needed to use it for work further down the line. If VirtualBox is better/more popular (or both) then I can have a play with that.
     
  6. SiriusB

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    VB is also very popular. Not been around as long as VMWare though.

    Don't get me wrong, both are very good. I just prefer VB.