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Old 03-18-2003, 02:13 PM   #1
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VMWARE: worth buying?

The $299 pricetag is kinda steep, but I was wondering if folks here are satisfied with this package? I would love to run Linux natively, but it's always those apps such as Quicken or Checkpoint VPN that get me to boot into Windoze....

Just wondering...
Old 03-18-2003, 03:31 PM   #2
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I think that VMWare just makes sense for developers
who need to test programs with various versions of
windows, without the hassle of switching back and
forth between several PC's or rebooting all the time...

Also, it's hardware requirements are reasonably high.
I had the test-version of 3.1 installed on a PIV 1.6,
256Megs, and even Win98 isn't too much fun on that
one :} ... if you had a Dual XEON with one Gig of
RAM maybe ;)

If it's just two programs that you use every now and
then you might want to look at codeweavers cross-office
and its wine-version (that successfully runs MS products,
maybe Quicken and Checkpoint would too?) and is a lot
cheaper than VMWare...

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make sure you look at the GPL rival: not as complete, but more universal in concept.
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Thanks folks. I actually downloaded and compiled bochs earlier this morning, and from what I gather the performance is pretty bad on it for now. But hey it's free right?

I'll look into Codeweavers actually....
Old 03-18-2003, 07:17 PM   #5
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VMWare is way cool -- but.. if you plan on it for personal use, be sure to use a STUDENT ID to purchase it somewhere. If I remember correctly, the Student price is 50% or more off the regular price!
Old 03-18-2003, 07:52 PM   #6
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I have VMWare and run linux, msdos, windows ME, Unix etc in it and its pretty damn good.

It is a little Hardware intensive, but if you have the hardware and money to buy it I would.


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