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LXer 01-08-2011 12:50 PM

LXer: Set up RH VirtIO SCSI driver on Windows XP KVM at KVM-QEMU Instance on F14
 
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Create Windows KVM via virt-manager as usual. Download latest VirtIO Win drivers from Fedora. Location is http://alt.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt...st/images/bin/. File virtio-win-1.1.11-0.vfd to KVM and ISO image virtio-win-1.1.11-0.iso to Fedora’s FS. Create fake qcow2 file.

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Kenny_Strawn 01-08-2011 01:00 PM

What in the world? Running Windows in a VM on Linux? Why would I *ever* do that? It's proprietary software and deserves to die a slow, painful death.

Hangdog42 01-09-2011 10:37 AM

Maybe because there are times when you need to run Windows? I know you find this hard to believe, but Windows is major OS and there is software that really runs best on Windows. I run a Windows VM on my Linux machine for just such uses.

Jeebizz 01-09-2011 11:21 AM

I don't care if it is wrong to run windows in a VM in Linux, I already have plans to do just that, particularly:
  • Windows3.1
  • Windows95
  • Windows98
  • Windows98 SE
  • WindowsNT 4.0 Workstation
  • Windows2000 Pro

Got a problem with that Kenny? :)

Kenny_Strawn 01-09-2011 11:34 AM

Well, in that case you're running an Abandonware version of Windows, which is even worse than a more up-to-date version.

Jeebizz 01-09-2011 11:40 AM

If you say so... I have games and other programs that just don't run in more up to date versions of windows, and its not like I will allow Internet access from these VMs.

Besides, games also fit in the category of abandonware and as far as I'm concerned the best PC games were on old school windows and DOS.

Kenny_Strawn 01-09-2011 11:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Jeebizz (Post 4218456)
If you say so... I have games and other programs that just don't run in more up to date versions of windows, and its not like I will allow Internet access from these VMs.

Besides, games also fit in the category of abandonware and as far as I'm concerned the best PC games were on old school windows and DOS.

Yes, but the only way to obtain those versions of Windows is to do so illegally. If you're that desperate, why not just run ReactOS in a VM? Older games and other apps would probably work on it just as easily.

Jeebizz 01-09-2011 11:50 AM

Because ReactOS tries to emulate the NT Kernel, and games that I have don't work well even in the REAL NT environment. I would rather just go with the real WindowsNT since the progress on ReactOS is as fast as the progress on Haiku, which is a crawl.

Besides I like to keep my options open if DosBOX or ScummVM cannot correctly run my old games, I will just turn to a VM of an actual old Windows environment.

Kenny_Strawn 01-09-2011 11:53 AM

Then what about FreeDOS? If your games are that old can't you run them on it?

Jeebizz 01-09-2011 11:54 AM

DosBOX runs my games better than FreeDOS, but I do also have some games that require DirectX, and well that means Windows, so...

Kenny_Strawn 01-09-2011 12:00 PM

Well then can't you use WineD3D or something?

Jeebizz 01-09-2011 12:04 PM

Well why should I? If I choose to just go ahead and run a Windows VM that is my decision. If I have these versions already at my disposal, why not? I don't care if it is still 'proprietary-abandonware'. It is for my own personal use.

Kenny_Strawn 01-09-2011 12:15 PM

Yes, but you would have to download an illegal copy of it as there are no legal copies in circulation. Which means that you would also run into older versions of Windows Genuine Advantage… and the rest is history.

Jeebizz 01-09-2011 12:18 PM

I happen to have legit versions of 3.1/95/98/98SE/NT/2000, as well as XP and besides, WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) only applies to Windows XP and beyond.

Kenny_Strawn 01-09-2011 12:21 PM

Okay, well if you already have them then you're good to go.


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