Friday, December 21, 2007

Minimum requirements

Someone in the forum asked me what are the minimum specs to run VmwAROS 0.5 beta. It may appear strange, but I frankly don't know exactly what they can be. For sure, you need a VMware (or competitors) product capable of running VMware Workstation 5's virtual machines. So any current version of VMware Server, Player and Fusion should work OK. VMware Workstation 5.5 and 6 are fine, too, however I got reports that VMware Workstation 5.0 has problems running VMware beta 0.5 (surprisingly, 0.1 worked fine).

VmwAROS experience will change depending on the host operating system: VmwAROS allocates a minimum of 128 MB of RAM, plus the amount needed by VMware to work. A computer with 1 GB of RAM will be dramatically faster than one with 256 MB. A 1,5 GHz+ Pentium4-class computer is warmly recommended, due to emulation times. Please don't forget VmwAROS isn't running directly on your PC, but on a emulated one on top of it.

Any antivirus, firewall and generally anti-malware software preloaded in memory, running on the host operating system may slow-down VMware: if you're using VmwAROS only on that machine, please close temporarily such kind of programs. Using eMule will decrease networking performances.

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