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VMWare ThinApp: a nice mixture of "virtualization" and "portability"

Some days ago, I had the opportunity to check out an utility from VMWare, ThinApp, using a technology I have heard about for some time: application virtualization. Romhack.Net co-author Fred already wrote a couple of comprehensive articles about machine virtualization here so we already know the good and bad points of complete machine virtualization. But what’s up with “application virtualization”?

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Emulation vs Virtualization, the duel

We can argue for hours about the pros and cons of emulation and virtualization, but in the end, nothing can replace a real benchmark. Thus, I tried to run Lands of Lore on Windows Vista using both DOSBox and Virtual PC...

Not as identical as it seems... 
Not as identical as it seems…

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Emulation vs Virtualization

For years, developers thought their programs would always run on newer platforms, with the desperate hope that Intel and Microsoft would build their new components and operating systems based on the previous ones, with full retro-compatibility. They were wrong. Whether retro-compatibility is a good or bad thing is an extensive topic. Dropping it is a good way to enforce good habits among developers and end-users. But these people may not want to have their habits enforced by an external company, even if it is the platform provider. This is an endless debate we can have, and will probably have on this blog… someday.

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