2004-08-04 23:13 - Tech
Yes, really. Running windows inside linux. What insanity! I hate windows, it is the epitomy of all the things that microsoft does wrong. But, as a web developer, it's important to make sure that your products work for those who choose to use ... "proprietary" software. Because there's a lot of them.
But who wants to really run windows? I have to get up and walk to another computer, or reboot. Quite a pain. Well there's this thing called VMWare that is a "virtual pc" that you can run, install any operating system inside another. Nifty, but commercial, and costly. So, it's nice that there's also Qemu. It's the same thing, but it's open source and free. And difficult to get running in Gentoo.
To get Qemu running in Gentoo, I had to install the CVS version. Luckily, I could do that with portage. I don't like installing things outside of portage. I had to follow these steps:
- Get this ebuild
- Use these instructions to add it into your portage overlay
- Emerge it! (Note: I had to use FEATURES="-sandbox")
- Then, I had to put the files in the "pc-bios" directory from the qemu-0.6.0.tar.gz source tarball into /usr/share/qemu
Hello cross browser web design! Goodbye commercial software!