Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Virtual Machines And Microsoft's Virtual PC Program

following my hardware upgrade, my computer have become powerfull enough to run a cool technology called "Virtutal Machines", this technology is actually computer hardware emulated through software; so effectively you can create an imaginary computer within your environment and install and test software on it seperately from the currently installed OS. this software have been a great help when trying to test my several linux distributions that i downloaded recently from the internet. you don't have to worry about messing with the new OS at the risk of deleting your data, you dont have to worry anymore about re-partitioning your hard disk... better yet you dont have to log off windows to work on linux, you can do both at the same time on the same screen.
i highly suggest testing for people who are interested in technology, and those whose hardware can support its load.... i can run maintaining very acceptable performace two virtual machines with my 1GB RAM, i guess anyone with 512MBs or more can support at least one virtual machine.

there are several programs that can emulate a computer... the one i used is microsoft's virtual pc, others include another well-known product in that field VMware.

To read more about virtual machine check here and here
Download microsoft's virtual pc 45-days trial edition from here

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