[REBOL] Re: Rebol & Linux
From: bwilson:ihpva at: 5-Feb-2002 9:26
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If your machine has NT, Win2000. or XP on it, (or Linux,) you should
also consider using 'vmware'. It costs about $300. I use the linux
version and it saves me from having to own many systems. I have a RH
Linux, Win 98, NT Server, and Win 2000 all concurrently installed. At
this moment I am running Win2000 to allow me to use Internet Explorer
and a separate copy of Linux so that I can simulate having a second
Linux server. I use a P III - 450 with 512 MB of RAM and a 40 GB
hd. Speed is acceptable; naturally if I did processor intensive things
on all three machines at the same time, it would slow down but
usually it is not a problem.
I run Redhat as the main OS; I tried out the Windows version of Vmware and
it worked, but I prefer Linux.
I keep an archive backup of the virtual drive for each OS. When I want
to test some new thing that will dump files all over the disk and
modify the registry, I use a virtual machine and delete the whole
machine when I am done. A virtual machine lives in a subdirectory in
about 5 files. Reinstalling a new machine consists of running unzip on
> There is I believe some gotchas too regarding co-existing operating systems.
> Assignment of interupts and things.
As far as dual boot goes, I have used a dual boot laptop for years
with no problems. But for daily work dual boot is a nuisance. I find I
want some feature (like IE) that is not available unless I boot, use
that tool, reboot into Linux... etc... if the laptop was new and had
more memory I would put Vmware on it too.
If your Win machine is older (less than 450 Mhz and say 256 MB RAM) or
running 95/98, I would support the idea of a second machine to run
Linux, it runs quite nicely on a machine say PII-233 MHz / 128 MB. You
can pick those up pretty cheaply. Our local computer thrift store
would have a system for around $100 that would work.
The Disclaimer: I don't get money from the VMware people though I did
review it once. They sent me a review copy of VMware GSX, but I paid
list price for my copy of VMware Workstation. GSX is the server edition.
Ask me if you want a review. :-) This is the REBOL list!
Santa Rosa, California