I have been using the free VMware Server a lot recently on my Windows XP laptop. I created a Windows 98 virtual machine using an old Windows 98 CD, then installed BW6 inside the virtual machine. So I now have a fully working BW6 virtual machine which will run on any x86 architecture, independently of Windows. I am running this VM on XP, but it could just as easily be running on Linux.
There are several practical uses of this:
I'll try to create a BW7 virtual machine next.
- After creating the VM, you no longer need Windows. You could run it on Linux just as easily.
- If you are using a desktop/laptop where you do not have Administrator access or are not allowed to run your own software, you could put the BW virtual machine on a memory stick, and run it from there, with no software installed on the desktop other than VMware Player.
- It allows you to easily compare versions of BW without installing lots of versions on the hard disk.
- Hopefully ReactOS will become good enough to run BW some day, in which case you could use it as the guest OS instead of Windows.
By the way, my Windows 98+BW6 virtual machine uses only 64MB RAM, and it runs extremely fast, thank you. Back in '98, 64MB RAM was considered a lot.