Wednesday, December 19, 2007

VMware goes freeware

When i tried VMware Workstation Trial many months ago, it wasn't free but when i tried it then, i was astonished to see that it was so reliable and feature packed.

The concept of VMware is to utilize the computing resources without affecting the existing OS's own usability. VMware is the virtual machine/operating system(OS) under any other parent operating system. For example, i've Windows XP installed and i want to try Windows Vista or any other OS distributions like open-source Linux. In that scenario,i could use VMware and install Vista without crippling my windows XP. VMware is a standalone software under any Operating system with the capability to store the other operating systems in it and virtually, we can swap to OS to OS in seconds. This is very helpful for programmers,beta-testers who want to check their softwares under very Operating systems. And, that is how the final product is released. Had it not been there, one has to have several machines installed with different Operating systems in it and try their raw-program individually which would have been a more troublesome and time consuming experience.

Therefore, thank to Virtualisation softwares like VMware. They do exist and now, it is free. You just go to their site, email them, you'll get your personal serial number and voila, you can try as many operating systems as you want without any trouble. If you surf some malicious sites or encounter any virus activities from within your VMware OS, no problem, the virus or malicious script won't come out of it and won't hamper your real OS's environment. So, the virtualisation layer would protect you.

According to VMware, VMware Player is another handy tool. Install VMware server or Workstation, create your Operating system under these, save it as a file and load it with VMware Player. Later you can uninstall the VMware server or Workstation and just use VMware player with the file created by those resource hungry VMware server or Workstation.

To learn more about them, click here
Download VMware Workstation here
Download VMware Server here
Download VMware Player here.

Note: I think VMware is the only solution allowing you to install all kinds of Operating systems available today. Other Virtualisation software wouldn't offer that kind of features.(you can search on Google though)

6 comments:

merdurian.com said...

VMware oh... But some of the OS provides virtual OS too. I received a Ubuntu lives CD. I think it similar with VMWare where you can actually run on this OS on your installed Windows pc
Do VMware will consume any laggy since it is the virtual OS

Binay said...

Register for your free 30-day evaluation license.
You will receive an email with a temporary serial number for VMware Workstation. Download product binaries from the link provided on the registration confirmation page. When you’re ready, please purchase a permanent VMware Workstation license.

Does a 30-day trial mean freeware?

I think Microsoft owns similar program called virtual PC which is free(I can't verify that now).

Navin said...

Merdurian, LIVE CD and VMwares are different concept.
With LIVE CD, you can utilize the resources of your computer and access the hard drives real time, without hampering the real OS integrated to that system. While LIVE CD is in Use, your parent OS will be inactive.

VMware are softwares under any Operating System. But, it's like store where we can create many computers and install operating systems under it. So, there, the parent OS will still be active and those OSeses under VMware also will be working. You gotta use it Merdurian. it's fun and can try hands on so many linux distros you were afraid to confront before.

Navin said...

Binay bro,
30 days is good offer..giving you full functionality.

You know what, you create a VMware files using Workstation or server, and load those files using VMware players. Simple. VMware player is freeware but it can't create or manipulate VMwares files, it just plays already defined VMware files(Operating system dump). So, you can use/try OS using VMwareplayer.

and with Microsofts, virtual PC, you can't try Linux. i bet on it :)

Binay said...

In that case your topic is misleading :P. It is shareware. NOT FREEWARE.
By the way, you can run linux under Microsoft Virtual PC but with 16 bit color limit.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_pc#Emulating_Linux-based_environments

Navin said...

VMplayer is freeware. Actually, i wanted to write about VMplayer but i had to include the whole story and it sounded like those two server/workstation as freeware. But somehow we can create as many OS dump files(virtual machines) we want and later play with VMplayer for free.
Before, there wasn't VMplayer like thing. And, i really am excited about this VMplayer.

and, 16 bit?? it's windows 3.1 age UI, bit eerie to use now

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