windows xp and Mandrake 10
I decided to try out linux. all over the board i read about wine and vmware, i know that wine is running appilcations and vmware is running two os simultaneously.
my questions is can i access my win applications that is installed on my win xp?
how do i use vmware from the list on mandrake's website it looks like vmware is included??? (not really sure) i would like to run win xp inside linux.
i currently have win xp and already partitioned a drive for linux.
Re: windows xp and Mandrake 10
Okay. Let's start with what VMWare is and isn't. VMWare is an emulator, which means it is software that creates a fake computer (virtual machine) in your system memory that acts the way MS Windows expects a computer to act, and allows you to run Windows applications within the program.
Since VMWare does not access your hardware directly, as far as I know it would be impossible for you to run the programs that you installed on your XP harddrive from within the VMWare virtual machine. I am not a VMWare guru, so I welcome corrections on that.
VMWare is also a commercial product that is *very* expensive. If you saw a version of VMWare bundled with Mandrake it's a demo. The demo of VMWare usually only lasts 30 days. After that you must buy it ($199USD).
There are other ways to run some MS Windows applications in Linux, such as WINE (free but hard to get working), Crossover Office ($40USD), or Cedega ($15USD) which is just designed for running games.
The bottom line I'm trying to stress here is that unless you have some mission-critical application that you must be able to run in Linux or you'll lose your job, VMWare is not worth your money. It's just as easy to dual-boot your machine and have one harddrive running MS Windows and another running Linux.