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By: Simon

Sun, 28 Sep 2008 13:23:53 +0000

Hi David, really enjoyed this post. Looking forward to reading about your adventures with VMWare!



By: Heimo Laukkanen

Sun, 28 Sep 2008 13:09:22 +0000

Even better productivity could be gained by letting all the harddrive be used by Linux and run necessary Windows software in VMWare or VirtualBox. VirtualBox is Sun's desktop virtualization product that has opensource version and free private use version. And from what my tests tell, it is not at all bad. Running windows on raw hardware seems to be good idea only if you need straight access to some specific hardware that you have, and/or if your hardware does not yet have proper linux-support. I haven't had the energy to fight with linux on laptop so I don't know what the current status is. As I want my laptop to just work, OS X has been a great choise for me. But at work and at home, I do have commodity hardware Linux boxes that ooze raw power and are just a pleasurable development machines. Though I do have all the necessary tools also on my laptop, and Eclipse runs nicely - running 4 to 8 gigabytes of memory in a dualcore Intel machine is a huge productivity booster.