Virtually Anything

What’s the hot word these days? Virtualization. Even December 2006’s issue of Dr. Dobb’s Journal talks about it. Even Jason Dixon talks about it.

So what’s the big deal? Basically the capacity to run different software environments from a single hardware platform, and as such, to streamline operations in diverse and critical fields such as quality, testing, learning, process integration, you name it. Using virtual machines, you can:

And it all started with emulators; those little applications that eventually grow bigger and bigger and were purchased by big companies with big press releases and all the fanfare. But it all boils down, at some level or another, to this:

Mac OS 7.5.3 (on Basilisk II) Power64
BeOS Personal Edition (!?!?, on Virtual PC 7.0.2) Windows 2000 SP 4 (on Virtual PC 7.0.2)

PS: The image library that does these cool effects is Lightbox JS 2.02.