Virtual Machine?

Christian christian08 at
Sat Mar 29 13:24:43 UTC 2008

I have been using VirtualBox under LInux and you can create your VM
through the command line. I was able to install XP on my own with the
unatended install.
I set it to use 512 MB of RAM and 20 GB harddisk space.
It's not as responsive as if you are working directly in Windows, but
from my view it's acceptable.
If you try VirtualBox you need to install the Virtualbox Add-ons. Other
wise you'll not be able to install your screen reader. It will complain
about your video driver.
Window-Eyes worked fine for me.
You start the VM from a command line as well.
I also tried playinging an accessible game and it also worked.
All the best,
Using Ubuntu Hardy.
lör 2008-03-29 klockan 06:03 -0800 skrev Tony Baechler:
> 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.
> >   
> Hi,
> 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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