I tried to use VMware/VMplayer to run Window$ under Linux and my experiences with it in both my laptop (Inspiron 1.66 Ghz, 2 Gb RAM) and Core Duo II (2.66 Ghz, 2 Gb RAM) were horrid.
VMplayer was very slow and took me some time to figure out how to install the network, and file sharing never worked.
Now I use Sun’s VirtualBox, which I strongly recommend:
- download .deb for Gusty at http://www.virtualbox.org/
- install with dpkg -i and that’s it. No compilation, no kernel modules, no tons of configuration.
- no painful registration
- run VirtualBox and install your OS. It allows for a resizable disk, unlike VMplayer
- network was recognized immediately, unlike VMplayer
- file sharing requires installing “Guest additions” (Devices menu in the tool bar), which is painless and quick. Then go to Devices -> Shared folders… and share your Linux folder
- VirtualBox (as VMplayer) deals with the mouse pointer seamlessly. Really cool.
- I haven’t tried to enable USB, but I’ve found recipes on the internet.
- I allocated 700 Mb for Window$ and I think I could use even less (unlike VMplayer)