Posted by Deliverator on November 9th, 2005
VMware recently introduced VMware Player, a free piece of software that allows you to run virtual machines created in any of their commercial products. The software requires you to have administrator rights on any machine you use it on, as it installs several services, but it is still extremely cool to be able to take your virtual machines with you.
Another option for those wishing to take a vm along for the ride is Qemu, which unlike VMware’s software, supports access to network hardware without needing to install any special services. Sticking qemu and a vm on a keychain is a great way to have a secure, network capable computing environment with you should you need to access the internet from a untrusted/public computer.
Still another option, and perhaps your best bet if you don’t have a 1 or 2 GB USB keychain is Portable CE which allows one to run a complete Windows CE environment from a small keychain.