9.4:     Virtual machines

See also 9.3 Emulators


Virtual machine applications are a class of programs that simulate a "virtual computer" in memory, allowing you to install any operating system on the machine. It is useful for testing, running non-native applications, and providing users the feeling of having a machine of their own. Many MEPIS Linux users make use of virtual machine software to run Microsoft Windows “in a window” to seamlessly provide access to software written for Windows on their desktop. It is also used for testing to avoid installation.


Many virtual machine software applications for MEPIS Linux 7.0 exist, both open-source and proprietary. Here are three of the most common: