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Postby _FOCUS_ » 2006-02-23 15:51

can we run windows os in debian
we can it in red hat l know with vmware l had not try it in red hat
but l wanted to try in debian but l cant find vmware
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Postby lacek » 2006-02-23 16:13

wmware is available at
Note that vmware is a commercial program, so you have to pay fror it in order to use.
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Postby _FOCUS_ » 2006-02-27 10:18

but l had got a red hat os cd s and with it a cd more contents some extra linux programs vmware in it in type of tar.gz l cant extract it and l cant install
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Postby lacek » 2006-02-27 10:39

You can install vmware by extracting it with this command:
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tar xvfz vmware.tar.gz

After this, you need to run the "" int the vmware-distrib directory:
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You need the kernel headers in order to install vmware, since it wants to compile some kernel modules.
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Postby _FOCUS_ » 2006-02-27 11:06

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Postby muskrat » 2006-03-24 16:53

There is also a program that converts/builds a .deb form a tar.gz file I forget the name of it right now.

The problem with installing directly from source is it's not in the systems data base after you install, it could (mind I said could not would) cuase problems at a later date for updates and system maintance.

If you make it a .deb and install with apt then the system knows it's there.
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Postby CuCullin » 2006-03-24 17:28

Also take a look at Parallels,

With later processors having certain functionality, Zen should also be capable of running Windows simultaneously alongside Linux. However, this is not available just yet.
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Postby debiandude » 2006-04-17 12:13

I also use Parallels Workstation for this. It works great for me, only costs 49 bucks.
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Postby gruven » 2006-04-17 17:39

You can also use qemu. It is in the debian repositories. There is also an article about it this month in Linux Journal, and it is very worth checking out.
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Postby debiandude » 2006-04-18 13:30

how well have people been able to run debian w/ parallels? it's been working fine for me, but I've read that certain linux distros aren't running well on it, such as gentoo...
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Postby a0wc39 » 2006-07-06 07:09

I've tried running under etch and get a can't access shared library fault. I guess I'll install sarge on a spare drive and give it a try. vmware was very frustrating on non-supported os's.

Solved this. All I had to do was read prerequisites.
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Postby SpEcIeS » 2006-07-30 03:51

As stated above.. QEMU and it is FREE. The latest version 0.8.2 with kqemu 1.3.0pre9 works really well, however I have never had the pleasures of running vmware. Cannot afford such luxuries. :)

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Postby ajdlinux » 2006-07-30 05:10

muskrat wrote:There is also a program that converts/builds a .deb form a tar.gz file I forget the name of it right now.

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Postby newmarket » 2006-07-30 06:23

I use qemu and found it far easier (still tricky) to get the network running than VMWare. However, once I had it running I can run any emulation with no problem.
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Postby innodonni » 2006-09-01 02:39

It might be worth pointing out that at this stage the kqemu accelerator is not free, but merely available to download and use. However an alternative is available. It is called qvm86, and is available from Savannah under the GNU GPL version 2.
I might also add that there is no such thing as a tar.gz to deb converter. There is only alien, which converts Slackware tgz files, LSB compliant rpm files and Solaris slp files as best it can.
There is however a program called checkinstall that can allow you to monitor the files created by a command such as "make install" or "./" and create a deb file that can be removed, thus removing all the files created by the command. However this isn't quite the same, as it will not track file modifications as far as I know, nor place files in the correct directories (unless perhaps run with PREFIX specified), and I don't think it will handle dependencies either. It is however useful if you want to keep track of the files installed by an arbitrary command without having to hunt for them in /usr/local.
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