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Want to try linux easily?
Written by Aidan   
Thursday, 20 October 2005 07:05

I'm sure that everyone knows just how "easy" it is to install and run linux on their systems. But what if you don't want to go through all the hassle, and want a ready to run system without actually installing linux? Sure, there's been distros like Knoppix that boot from a CD, which can be helpful - what if your hardware isn't supported though?

Well, there is a way of trying out these things without actually installing Linux on your desktop. It's called VMWare. VMWare is effectively a PC emulator that runs on Windows or Linux. So, instead of a real hard disk, it uses a file on your hard disk. Instead of a real network card, it uses the network card that you've already got up and running. You won't get any accelerated 3D graphics, but it does manage sound. Traditionally, VMWare has been an expensive product which has stopped many people from using it. That's traditionally though!

Now, VMWare have released their "VMWare player" which is effectively just a player for a VMWare configuration. It won't let you create a new emulated PC, but you can use ones that have already been created. For example, VMWare provide SuSE Server and Novell Linux Desktop. If you want to go a little further, VMWare have IBM's Workplace Service Express, which is basically Redhat with IBM's applications on top. This way, you end up with an emulated PC with standard PC hardware, and all it takes is some files on your hard disk!

Want to know more? We've put together a few links in this thread!


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