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QEMU

Today, I am trying out QEMU a processor emulator. It allows us to run another OS from either a hard disk image or a CD Image.

Well, a word on the machine its running on: Dell Inspiron 6400, Intel Core 2 Duo T5300 @ 1.73 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, 1 GB swap space.

I am trying to run PCLinuxOS-2007 live CD using QEMU from within Ubuntu. The first thing I noticed is it was comparitively slower than running from the Live CD. Of course it should be since it is being emulated. Second, though the Live CD boot up was impeccable, it takes forever to launch an app. I launched Ark and it took more than 3 minutes to launch. There was no sound. I clicked on Firefox icon and I waited for more than 5 minutes and nothing really happened. I stopped there. 🙂

This post is not an intended review of QEMU but initial observations. I will put it through the paces again and write more on my findings

Update: Added link to QEMU website