I know they offered Virtual PC and VirtualBox previously, is the news that Parallels is now supported?
Let's face it, this was a click bait (esp the free bit) and we all fell for it.
HN is a constitutional democracy. The constitution is https://news.ycombinator.com/newsguidelines.html. Please abide by it.
For me click-bait would mean "Microsoft releases software for free! You will never believe what the 4th iso contains!" or something to that effect
How old is this content…is it new? Was it published a day ago, a month ago, a year ago? I guess we'll never know.
You can't just throw these on a copy of your favorite virtualization platform and have a free copy of Windows to legally do whatever you'd like with, indefinitely.
I opted for the 128GB SSD in my MBP (last 17" model, from late 2011) and a few years later I added a 128GB ExpressCard SSD, which i use pretty much exclusively for (largely Linux, largely via Vagrant) Virtual Machine images. Sure, I'll definitely order a bigger built-in SSD on the replacement, but on a newer machine without ExpressCard you could also use a USB3 flash drive or (if you are on a mac) a Thunderbolt SSD device.
On your model you can even opt for bigger main SSD and probably replace dvd with another SSD like this: https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installing+MacBook+Pro+17-Inch+... . Oh the sweet upgradeability! <3
I have plenty of disk space but my photography hobby is eating most of it and the first thing that gets thrown away is the 14 Gb vmdk (this time it's Windows 8.1 + IE11).
Next one is probably 8 gigabytes of MS Office 2016. How can Office eat 8 gigabytes? :D (Compared to LibreOffice's 700 Mb or Office 2011 1,3 Gb.
And why worry about the new IEs and Edge? Microsoft says they support standards and so forth ... ;-D
At the time we were supporting XP+IE6 for a client so this worked great for testing older browser versions, and prevented each developer from having to install their own local copies. Just RDP over to the test box...
In the plus side, Chrome says "6 minutes left", and I've only just clicked download. I suspect my network bandwidth improvements over the years make this no less an imposition than the outrageous 200+Kb download for Doom over a 14.4k modem...)
just googling vfio kvm leads you to very thorough arch linux topic (with a bit of drama on the end, whatever)
Of course I assume that people that frequent hacker news are geeks and tinkerers.
>> or find a hipster
Liked Krakow a lot, specially the subterranean bars. :)
http://www.macincloud.com works very well, and they have billing by the hour and versions of OS X ranging from Lion through to El Capitan.
No connection with them, just a satisfied customer.
Also, no simruntime for 7.0 and before works in El Capitan, regardless of Xcode version.
Interestingly, by doing this developers have a harder time supporting me (iOS 6 and 7 on phone/tablet). The result is forgoing app updates and even new apps altogether that I can't download. This pushes me to upgrade, and keeps the iOS adoption rate quite high. Facilitating devs in supporting old iOS versions does the opposite. I'm not a fan of this but I can easily imagine the benefits for Apple.
Of course having a real device is much better, but as a web developer, this helped me pick up a Safari only bug very easily without needing to spend on a real device.
You can use OSX's debugger in Safari to remote debug a web page in the simulator, which I think is pretty neat.
Yeah, old. To scale it back to olden days disk space and bandwidth, it's like downloading a 20 meg file which deflates into a 50 meg file on disk.
And things like Windows 7+IE8 will show different bugs from Windows XP+IE8
Edit: Just tried one of the files with curl. They resume just fine, and the download URLs aren't even tied to a session or IP. I copied the URL from my local browser and used curl on a remote server. No problem. :)
I guess a torrent might be tricky if they want to keep a "no redistribution" licensing clause.
Check out http://burnbit.com/
This specific site does support Range requests, therefore resuming - and most browsers can resume these days as well.
What can I use them for, for how long, and what limitations are in place?
However this seldom works because web sites, even the ones running on localhost, have all sort of external dependencies, from webfonts to third part assets stored on CDNs. So VMs need an access to the Internet and that access could compromise them.
Probably restoring them from the original image after each shutdown is the best way to fix this issue.
I don't believe that the images that Microsoft made available are so vulnerable as-they-are that they will be infected within hours...
However, I believe these OS-es come with certain presets that will not expose them to the wild-internet immediately. I assume (yes - assume) that MS has enabled the firewalls per default on these images, so unless you use them to browse to certain "entertainment sites" you should be quite ok...
Edit: ok, ran a lab-test (so not the real thing): Windows XP with IE6 on one VM, Kali with Armitage on the other. A "Hail Mary" of 22 exploits did not result in any session on the windows machine...
I remember Microsoft used to offer ISOS of Windows with a 90 day limited trial key. There was a utility that would reset the demo clock as well as a command line option to reset it for another 90 days.
A friend of mine used to buy COA stickers from eBay that had XP keys on them for like $10 each. They are OEM keys so he used an OEM XP CD-ROM to install them with the keys on used systems. They would activate even if they have been used before. If activations run out you can call Microsoft and have them reset.
Windows 10 Keys are different, locked to the hardware. Windows XP keys can be transferred to a different system.
In a word the EULA says you can't transfer a license to a different PC, but it hasn't been tested in a court yet. People have transferred an OEM license and activated it. So it can be done, but the question about it being legal might vary by nation as Germany allows it if other nations do not.
But since it hasn't been tested in a court yet, nobody can say how legally binding it is or is not.
Just use this as they suggest for testing. Keep your data elsewhere and roll back/re-install every few months.
In particular, I'd love to install ReactOS and build LibreOffice, er, natively.