[Dshield] Is this normal?

Ed Truitt ed.truitt at etee2k.net
Sun Jun 23 15:52:06 GMT 2002

Actually, if you are using Win98, and you have a powerful enough system, you
might want to look at a program called VMWare.  It allows you to run one OS
as a "guest" under another (for example, in your case Win98 as a guest under
This would allow you to use the better (IMHO) security features of Linux,
such as the kernel-level firewall (Netfilter/IPTABLES) (no MS-bashing
intended - remember, I am comparing Linux to Win98 here!)  Also, as VMWARE
supports the concept of a "virtual disk", if you manage to get your Win98
installation corrupted you can simply erase the file (which contains the
disk image) and restore from a previously backed-up version.

One caveat:  VMWare will allow you to run Win9x as a "guest" OS.  It runs on
WinNT 4.0, Win2K, WinXP, and Linux as the host OS.

I have used this at work (it is GREAT for a development environment), and am
getting ready to migrate my Win9X home box to this configuration, as well.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mercy" <Mercymail at mindspring.com>
To: <list at dshield.org>
> I'd definetly switch to linux then. (Still would like to switch to linux,
> but that means i'd have to give up so many programs i use that aren't made
> for lin.)

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