Gentoo Archives: gentoo-amd64

From: Paul Hartman <paul.hartman+gentoo@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-amd64@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-amd64] Virtualization/WinXP
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 00:01:34
In Reply to: [gentoo-amd64] Virtualization/WinXP by Mark Knecht
1 On Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 1:55 PM, Mark Knecht <markknecht@×××××.com> wrote:
2 > Hi,
3 > OK - with the new machine up and running well enough to do some
4 > work I really need to get some sort of virtualization going to see if
5 > I can get around the fact that XP cannot be installed on this machine.
6 > (at least not easily) I need to run TradeStation and I'd like to try
7 > under Linux but Wine is ABSOLUTELY not an option.
8 >
9 > I ran XP & TS on my older system (5 year old 3GHz AMD64) but it's
10 > been a long time since I tried it. The performance was just OK. I
11 > expect this machine may be acceptable.
12 >
13 > To anyone familiar with this subject a few questions:
14 >
15 > 1) If I go the VMWare route is it vmware-workstation that I want?
17 If you want to pay money, it works and is very easy to use.
18 vmware-server is free (but not open source?)
20 > 2) Are there any prebuilt XP images that would save me the hassle of
21 > installing Win XP and just allow me to validate with my existing keys?
22 > Is this the purpose of vmware-player? (which doesn't seem to have
23 > fetch restrictions...)
25 vmware-player lets you run an existing virtual machine but not create
26 one, IIRC. VMWare has a lot of "virtual appliances" on their website
27 which are pre-made virtual machine images for various purposes.
29 I don't think Windows is included. You'll probably have to install it
30 manually. However, Microsoft gives away free time-limited XP virtual
31 machine images (VirtualPC format; you'll have to convert it to the
32 format of your choice, vmware has some free tool to do this for
33 converting to their format), supposedly for testing for old Internet
34 Explorer versions but you can install anything you want in them. I
35 think they last for 6 months. You may be able to use some windows
36 key-changer software (magical jellybean?) to reactivate that image
37 with your own key. I don't know specifically which version of Windows
38 they give or which version you're licensed to use.
40 > 3) In some ways the most important question is what are the Open
41 > Source alternatives and how easy are they to set up?
45 It seems the most common choices I've seen mentioned are virtualbox,
46 xen, kvm, vmware, in no particular order.