Which is the best free virtual machine to run windows on slackware?
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Just an opinion - but it's hard to beat VMWare Player for virtualizing Windows. VMWare Player is free (in cost) as is the OS tools. For Windows installations, it is automatic. Give VMWare Player the user name, and CD Key, everything else is done automaticially. Drives partitioned, user account created, OS tools installed, virtual machine rebooted. USB support is plug and play, no need to modify /etc/fstab or fdi files, or user permissions like with Virtual Box. We test a few NLite isos, Bart/WinPE setups, and disaster recovery sets - VMWare Player makes this quick and simple - no need to watch an installation screen prompting you for questions. Video acceleration in Windows is quite good as well. My girlfriend can at lest play Bejeweled Delux in full screen
For Linux Distros I use KVM. KVM performs better on Linux hosts with Linux guests compared to VMWare. It's the oppisite with Windows. I experience slower drive access in Windows guests hosted by KVM compared to VMWare - even with the virtio drivers in use.
Gave up on Virtual Box some time ago. Perhaps it's better now? I do recall performance being a serious bottleneck with VBox compared to KVM and VMWare. It's VRDP server being buggy, random VM crashes. All from the OSE, non-OSE and compiled from source releases. Support will have you disable ACPI, then SMP, then disable Video acceleration, then disable VT-x/AMD-V - why not just run KQemeu. That's something I can say about KVM and VMWare, I've never had a VM crash, nor lock up with either of these systems.
Do you, guys, get responsive graphics with windows in KVM with qemu, as interacting with menus and apps was slower in qemu than in virtualbox when i last checked qemu few years ago?
Which Guest OS/Driver?
You can use std, cirrus, vmware, xenfb, none. In Windows I've had to use 16bit color depth for the best response, not much difference between std and cirrus. The cirrus driver works fine for me in Linux.
Place this in your /etc/xorg.conf on the guest system to get a display larger than 800x600. The emulated cirrus graphics card does not support edid scanning, so Xorg falls back on a safe 800x600 resolution.
I also used VirtualBox to run Windows XP on my laptop. I get it from SlackBuilds.org, works well but I didn't use Windows too often at home since I'm busy with Slackware stuff. I use it for testing multiple IE versions for web development. So far, it works fine.
I'm a long time VBox user and I"ve sen it mature into a very good product. The only issue I have in 3.1.x is that my seamless mode doesn't work properly ... Apart from that, it's CLI ability is one of it's best features.
I use Slack64 to run Vbox because I have a lot of ram and it enables me to give xp 3 gigs.
A stock 32 bit system will only recognize a total of 3 gigs and therefore much less to be assigned to the guest.
I've really new to the virtualization thing, dabbled here and there over the last couple of years, but nothing of any real use. Just started using virtualbox and it seems to be stable, I haven't used VMware so I couldn't say what it's like. I think the only problem with virtualbox is running games, it doesn't handle 3d acceleration, if it's only for non game software, you should be fine.
Virtualbox here also. Server machine it runs on is Athlon-64 3400, 1 GB DDR with Slack 13.37. 384 MB RAM, 20 GB disk partition allocated for virtual machine (only runs accounting software). Solid as a rock. Only problem I have is remembering to shut down XP first; heh.
Last edited by commandlinegamer; 12-11-2012 at 04:20 AM.