There are often threads about virtualising, and there seem to be programs for every OS going,
- win/lin/mac/bsd etc
I used windoze virtualPC several years ago, but my hardware really wasn't up to the job, and once I did get it installed and setup up different OS, knoppix...it was incredibly slow, and due to it being my first linux, found it very tricky...but, if I hadn't tried it that way, I might never have found Puppy, as I looked for a smaller footprint linux....that was several years and many PCs ago, and apart from a single attempt with p3/650Mhz/512mb, which failed by coming to a standstill/power off for rescue, I'd sort of shelved the idea, but I've only just recently acquired a PC with sufficient resources to run virtual again, so I thought I'd try again, to relieve a bit of boredom
I'm toying with the idea of running a virtual server, as a fileserver/repo, and backup box, for storing stuff for repairing messed up win boxes, to save a bit of time with re-installs
So, question is - which one?
Have you tried/used any of the virtuals, and which do you think best and why? Qemu seems to need an additional add-on to run full speed, so is vbox best, or something else, Xen perhaps?
I want one which I can share files/folders with my main OS, whether I'm in win XP, or Puppy, so I may need 2 installs, one for each OS...has anyone done this, is it possible?
Most importantly, I need something which allows network sharing, so the virtual OS can access the web
For those who don't know, my PC is a Supermicro server with 2x3.06ghz Xeons, 5gb ram and an 80gb 2.5" SCSI harddrive, with more 3.5" 73/144gb available, but not installed yet I also have a 1Tb network drive, but the interface doesn't allow WAN use for some reason