tony at baechler.net
Sat Mar 29 14:03:24 UTC 2008
Rob Harris wrote:
> How effective and how accessible is running Windows(I prefer 2k so far) in a
> VM. I haven't got a modern version of linux so would like recommendations
> on that too. I hear and believe this thing with VMs is a growing trend -
> Mac, Linux and even Vista have one... for the moment.
If you're on Windows XP Pro or better, try Microsoft Virtual PC 2007.
Other options are VMWare, Qemu, Bochs and VirtualBox. On the Mac, you
can buy VMWare Fusion to run Windows but I found the VM completely
inaccessible. Setting up the software wasn't bad but VoiceOver was of
no use at all within Windows as one might expect. I didn't get a chance
to install a Windows screen reader. If you have the resources, VMs have
great potential. I would say that a minimum setup to run a VM
effectively would be 2 GB of RAM, 250 GB of disk space and a very fast
processor. The reason for the large amount of disk is that you're
creating a virtual image with a virtual hard drive. If you want a 100
GB virtual drive, that comes from your main hard drive plus overhead
space for the host OS and VM software.
Another option if you're on Windows XP or better is VMWare Server which
is free. I was able to set up and install a Win98 VM with sighted
help. It was slow but it worked. Beware that some versions of Vista
don't allow installing to a VM in the license agreement. For Linux,
Qemu or Virtualbox have been recommended but I haven't tried them yet.
I would say from my reading that VMWare is the best overall but it is
not free software, even though VMWare Server is free of charge.
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