[Techtalk] cross-platform, cross-browser testing

Andrea Landaker qirien at icecavern.net
Thu Feb 20 14:39:07 EST 2003

> 	- windows emulation (wine, crossover, plex86)
> 	- virtual machine (not sure what this is really called, but think VMWare)
> 	- buy a second, cheapo windows machine for the same $$ I'd spend on
> 	  VMWare

Well, if you don't want to spend the $$ on VMWare, you could try Bochs -  
It is the same kind of virtual machine, but free and open-source.  I'd try 
that first, since it's the least expensive option (you do have to have your 
own Windows license + CD already, of course).

Failing that, a cheapo machine is always useful.  We were using my old Pentium 
120 for a DNS and mailserver and webserver for a long time, until one of its 
4 500K hard drives died, and we decided we didn't want to trust the other 3.  
:-)  The biggest problem is *finding* a machine that is cheap enough to be 
worth it, especially after shipping costs (that's why it's nice if you can 
find a surplus computer store locally).  We found we could make a whole new 
Duron 1 GHz system with decent parts for about $400, which was what most 
people (locally) were trying to sell their old computers for.  

I hope this helps!

Andrea Landaker
qirien at icecavern.net

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