Originally posted by btmiller
Your question doesn't make much sense to me. VMWare is just a program -- it needs an operating system (Windows or Linux) to run under. It won't replace your current Linux install. If you want to somehow migrate your current install to a virtual machine, I would simply use dd to create an image of your disks and a LiveCD like KNOPPIX to write the files back onto the virtual machine (assuming you crreated enough disk space on the VM, of course. Is this what you want to do?
No, I know i can boot from an image. What I am asking is can VMware, running from windows, load my existing linux installation in the virtual machine from it's native, physical HD partition? I ask because although VMware is nice for running linux on top of windows, I don't want A virtual machine to be a resource prison for my linux install. I'd like to be able to boot to linux and exploit the full resources of my system. I also don't want to worry about configuring two installations. Thanks for your help btw.