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AW: emulating Windows
this higly depends from your needs.
With wine - as (afaik) a windows API emulator - do you have no full "windows
support", but you should be able to run a lot of - but not all - windows apps
(i never tried Wine under netbsd) and you have no hardware virtualization
If you won't dual boot you have different options of virtualization:
1.) NetBSD XEN
This is the only option where you have NetBSD as the hypervisor - means
"directly on your hardware". You should have a CPU with virtualization
functionality like Intel VT.
2.) NetBSD/QEMU? => sorry, i have no experiences with qemu under NetBSD
3.) Linux Hypervisor with
a.) Xen / HVM (open source)
b.) QEMU (open source)
c.) VirtualBOX (partly open source)
d.) VMware (commercial)
Personally i hardly prefer XEN because of the performance especially under
para-virtualization (but i mainly use systems which could be runned
para-virtualized like NetBSD and Linux) and - not at least - it is very small.
So i.e. NetBSD under NetBSD/Xen runs very smoth. For MS Windows may other
solutions a better / faster choice.
If you need USB functionality and graphic acceleration (i.e. 3D) within your
windows afaik you currently need a desktop virtualization which is only
available als closed source (Virtualbox-Bin) or commercial (VMware) and NOT for
NetBSD as a Hypervisor.
With Wine you may have problems with access to different hardware /
functionality. While a lot of well known software solutions (like MS Office,
Adobe Photoshop etc.) works well many special (even small) windows programs
won't work. If you have an older PC and just a few windows programs you rely on
Wine should be the best choice.
May be this thread may helps you (NetBSD/Xen/Windows):
Good luck and
-- Urspr. Mitt. --
Betreff: emulating Windows
Von: "Larson, Timothy E." <TELarson%west.com@localhost>
Datum: 25.07.2009 00:14
So what do you use when you need to run Windows? Any advice or recommendations?
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