This week, VMware made its machine virtualization technology more accessible by releasing a free VMware Player product that lets users run single instances of virtual machines (VMs) on their PCs. VMware Player can’t create VMs, however, so you’ll still need to use VMware Workstation or one of the company’s server products for that task. But with VMware Player, corporations now have a lightweight client they can deploy to workers. Because of this, we might just see Linux distributions offer their products in VMware formats so that individuals can evaluate these Linux versions on their Windows desktops.
Personally, most of my virtual disks are on ESX. Occasionally, I want to run these on my laptop so that instead of installing VMware Workstation I can get away with just the VMware Player.
This was first published in October 2005