[Wine] wine vs virtualbox

ryan woodsmall rwoodsmall at mac.com
Thu Aug 25 12:18:01 CDT 2011

> are there programs similar to Virtual PC that wine can run?

Why does it need to run under Wine?  This has nothing to do with Wine, and you're just adding on complexity (and headaches) by introducing a platform/API/ABI reimplementation here.  A Windows-based virtualization (and/or emulation/simulation) stack is probably not going to work well, or at all, as they make a lot of assumptions about the underlying system.  Wine severely complicates already complicated system virtualization options by adding another layer of abstraction into the mix.  If it does work, you're probably going to be hit by performance penalties caused by injecting that abstraction.

VirtualBox on Linux should be able to use vhd files for its VM disks.  But what you need to do is reevaluate what you're really trying to accomplish here; this is not clear from the thread.  It likely won't involve Wine at all.  If you need to run and modify VMs, use a VM monitor native to your OS.  If you need to run a Windows application, use Wine.  There's almost certainly no need to run a Windows-based virtualization solution. -r

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