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Re: Bochs? Anybody {using,used,know anything about} it?

Paul Johnson wrote the following on 04/11/2008 09:07 PM:
On Friday 11 April 2008 06:21:39 pm Dennis G. Wicks wrote:

Just stumbled over some software known as Bochs. It
sounds as if I could install that on my Debian 4.0
system and then be able to run Win 2k as needed in a
"partition" when needed.

Is Bochs fast enough to be practical? I have a P4,
1.5GB mem. What I do right now is use several networked
laptops running Windows & VNC.

Right now I am beginning to look for better alternatives.

I found bochs to be exceedingly difficult to use compared to other alternatives, such as virtualbox-ose, which runs fantastically and is fairly simple to use. Note that virtualization isn't suitable for gaming, and odds are high you can probably get it done easier in wine instead of wasting space on a whole windows install.

NN_il_Confusionario wrote the following on 04/11/2008 10:33 PM:
On Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 08:21:39PM -0500, Dennis G. Wicks wrote:
Is Bochs fast enough to be practical?

about 8 years ago I have seen a install process of windows 95 that
needed more than 8 hours to complete on a pentium 166 with debian and
bochs. So I expect bochs to be at least 10 times slower than the "bare
hardware". This is not suprising, since bochs is portable along
architectures and emulates everything in software.

If you use etch on i386 or amd64, a better choice would be virtualbox
from backports.org (or qemu if your architecture is not i386 or amd64)

Thanks for the info! I will take a look at virtualbox. Sounds like it would be better for my purposes.

Re: wine. It just doesn't seem to work too well for me. And when I look at the web page it looks like it is concentrated on gaming rather than real work.

Many thanks!

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