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Mark Knecht wrote:
> Interesting, but I wonder whether a guitar player / chip designer type
> guy could set it up? Spartanic is not generally a good environment for
> the likes of us.
Qemu at the moment is a command-line app, with the graphical output in a
window, though I believe to have heard of gui frontends but never
actually used one. VMWare has a graphical configuration and some extra
convenience features that make it somewhat easier to use (e.g. bridged
networking is a lot easier to set up and the VMware tools for windows
have some nice extra features). In time, these convenience features
will probably be incorporated into qemu, too. I don't know about
Parallels, never tried it.
I would suggest trying out the trial versions of VMware and Parallels to
see if you want to pay for them. As to qemu, the qemu documentation 
and user forums  will probably have some useful info. There is also
a nice repository of free os images that are ready to use .
> The web page say this module is closed source. If that's the case then
> why qemu vs. VMware vs. Parallels?
Well kqemu is gratis, and if you insist on free you can use qvm86,
though that might be less tested. As a kernel module can always take
down your machine, i prefer the one a lot of people test -- i'm lazy :)
I don't know the history as to why kqemu is closed source (all of the
author's other projects are open-source), but i'm hopeful that will change.
> Thanks. It's very intersting. How does this compare to BOCHS?
To my knowledge bochs is a lot slower than qemu even without kqemu.
I've never tried it myself though as i've always been happy with qemu,
so that might all be lies :)
Wikipedia has a nice page comparing emulation/virtualization/...
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