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By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2006-02-20 Print this article Print

Evaluation Shortlist Microsofts Virtual PC 2004 Provides functionality thats roughly on par with VMware Workstation, although only for Windows hosts (

VMwares Player The free Player runs the same VM images as the rest of the VMware line, but its editing capabilities are limited to making changes in the text file that describe the VM

VMwares Server and ESX Server These products compete with Virtual Server 2005 R2 and offer effective deployment options for VMs created with VMware Workstation ( )

The Xen hypervisor project Productized by XenSource and set to ship with a handful of Linux distributions, hypervisor is an emerging alternative to the offerings of VMware and Microsoft (

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