Now, as most of you know, I’m not really one for geeky toys … but here’s a great little application that my friend James pointed me to.
VMWare Workstation 5 allows you to run another operating system within a window (or Virtual Machine) under your current machine’s operating system. If that sounds complicated: it is, but it is much easier to understand when you are actually using it. Check out the online demo for more information.
An example: it allows me to install another operating system (eg Ubuntu Linux) and switch between it and Windows XP, which is my current OS. Ubuntu then has full (managed) access to my certain pieces of my hardware, such as network card, soundcard, USB peripherals, etc. And I don’t even have to partition my hard drive. The VMWare software creates everything within files on my hard drive, and fools the operating system into thinking that it has full control of the hard drive. Quite genius.
I’m going to install a couple of Linux distros — just to check them out, and see how they install — as well as Windows 98, and I may have a go at installing DOS 6.22 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11, as I’d love to see how fast I can get that to run on this hardware!
Geek heaven, indeed!
UPDATE @ 23:19
I installed MS DOS 6.2 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11, which ran phenomenally slowly although I’m not sure why. The screenshot above shows WfWg running within the window on XP Pro.