Originally posted by jailbait
"An exhibitor there selling VMWARE products introduced me a technology which can allow 2 OSs running simultaneously on the same hard drive. I asked him how can the monitor be divided into 2 screens. His response was it only worked on server. I doubted whether I understood his explanation correctly.
It sounds quite interesting to me. Has any folk on the forum ever heard this technology."
VMware is a well established commercial product.
Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.
Tks for your link.
Now I have a better picture on the saleman's promotion. He injected a wrong concept to me that 2 applications running on 2 OSs working simultaneously similar to what I have done previously with cygwin, running Windows and Linux respective applications side by side on the same screen. 'Drag and drop' method across platform did not work. (I have no idea about its latest development) But we need 2 PCs, one running Windows and another running Linux.
Vmware is only a simulator similar to Wine from open source. The latter allows running Windows appliactions on Linux without Windows. Why we need a simulator because Windows application can't run on Linux. But what will be the sense to run vmware which requires Windows to run Windows application. We have to pay 3 licences, Vmware, Windows and Windows application, why not to have another PC which is rather cheap nowadays. Wine is great you can run Windows applications on Linux without Windows. But not all Windows applicatons can work on Wine similar to vmware, I believe, not all Windows applications can run on Windows if the latter is running on vmware.
Why we still need Windows because we still need some professional Windows applications e.g. Chief Architect. We can't find similar applications/their replacement from open source at least for the time being. With the continue developing of applications in open source, the use or the importance of simulator will fade out. Finally Windows applications can be replaced with applications from open source completely. Wine is sitll under continue developing. But on another hand similator still has value for software developers if they develop across platform software.
There are some other simulators such as Win4Lin, crossover, etc. They are developed based on wine. I believe vmware is the same.