VMware 6.5 DirectX support

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3vi1 Posted: Mon, Dec 1 2008 3:45 PM

Anyone else try the latest VMware Workstation?  Even though the DirectX features are still "beta", they're pretty darned impressive.

Running WinXPsp3 inside of a virtual machine under Linux, I was able to play CounterStrike: Source with all of the options set to max.  Now, if you get crazy with changing resolutions and jumping back and forth between fullscreen/windowed, you *will* crash VMware.  But, it's very nice to see it working as well as it does in a virtual machine.  Also, the microphone didn't seem to work, but I usually have to fiddle with the settings to get it to work under Linux/Wine too, so it may suffer no more deficiencies than Wine.

If it wasn't for the fact that VMware cost $189... plus you have to pay for the Windows license...  it might be worth it.  Still, as someone who uses QEmu and Sun's VirtualBox, VMWare is really a step ahead in emulating a Windows desktop system.

USB support is one thing that doesn't seem to be easily (if at all for non-serial devices) useable under Wine, but it works well under VMware.  It also works great under VirtualBox too though.  I've never tried it with QEmu, so can't comment there.

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I have. It works quite well.I wish we could get this to work with a linux guest.

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Hi, What exactly is VMware? (Sorry, I've never heard of it before) Confused

 

Its a program that lets you run a OS inside of another OS. You can run Windows and inside a program run Linux or OSX. Best part of is that VMware sever is free and you can do almost anything a casual user would need.

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3vi1 replied on Tue, Dec 2 2008 6:28 PM

bob_on_the_cob:

Best part of is that VMware sever is free and you can do almost anything a casual user would need.

The VMware viewer is free... the workstation costs the moola.  VirtualBox has an Open Source Edition that's just missing a few features, and has a "free" non-opensource version with all features.  QEmu is totally free.

Microsoft is looking to run VMware out of business, with their new hypervisor offerings.  I think VMware has about two more years in them (Though I will be happy if I can look back on this post in five years and see that I was wrong).  If all else fails, MS will add undocumented APIs to DirectX that allows them to virtualize it better.

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warlord replied on Tue, Dec 2 2008 7:02 PM

It certainly makes it easier for those folks that want to know the ins and outs of another os before they take the plunge and for those network gurus its a great way to learn a network config or test diffrent enviroments before taking a new setup live.

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It certainly makes it easier for those folks that want to know the ins and outs of another os before they take the plunge and for those network gurus its a great way to learn a network config or test diffrent enviroments before taking a new setup live.

Yeah I use it to test out new Linux Distros, but there are many awesome uses such as bug testing a website or program without the cost of extra hardware.

 

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