VMware Player is a freeware virtualization software product from VMware, Inc. (a division of EMC Corporation) for personal non-commercial use, see VMWare homepage.
There are several options for playing a Puppy Linux virtual machine hosted within a Windows environment. These are:
- VMware Player
Unlike the other two options, QEMU is able to run from a USB Flash memory drive, making it possible to run a "Portable" Puppy Linux session within another computer. Bear in mind that this implementation can be frustratingly slow to run, even if the host machine has the host accelerator "KQEMU" installed. There is a specific QEMU Puppy page.
This product is the most often cited in the Puppy Linux Forum.
VMware Player is part of a family of virtualization products by VMware.
All of these programs are free for non-commercial use.
There is some confusion when reading about virtual computers. The relation of Host and Guest machines must be established before further discussion is possible.
- The Host is the physical computer and its operating system. This is the actual machine in front of you.
- The Guest is the virtual computer and its operating system. This 'machine' is commonly displayed as an application window on your physical computer screen.
In order to run a Puppy Linux virtual computer within a Windows host using VMware Player, your host computer needs to have the free VMware Player software installed. The installation is pretty simple, and so is not detailed here. See the Puppy Linux as Guest page to see how to set it up under a Windows host.
In order to run another virtual computer within a Puppy Linux host using VMware Player, your Puppy computer needs to have the free VMware Player software installed. The installation is kind of involved, and so will be described in some detail. See the Puppy Linux as Host page for information about VMware using Puppy Linux as the host.