Re: Mac OS Satellite Tracking Programs

From: Fred Valcho (
Date: Tue Nov 16 2010 - 16:53:56 UTC

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    I use virtual box all the time to gain access to Linux from my PC. vmware is a 
    little more dated. I may be incorrect, but I thought vmware became virtual box.
    VB is very good program for your suggestions
    From: Roger <>
    To: Transaction Van S. <>
    Sent: Tue, November 16, 2010 8:13:43 AM
    Subject: Re: Mac OS Satellite Tracking Programs
    On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 6:59 AM, Transaction Van S.
    <> wrote:
    > Hello Everyone,
    > Just got the new MacBook Air 11.6" and started to look for decent Satellite
    > Tracking programs for the Mac. What's the latest and greatest out there?
    > Thanks,
    > John
    For John and anyone else.
    Don't limit yourself to a single platform. If your favorite app is
    written for a different OS, you can always virtualize the OS. This is
    not a dual boot situation.   There are two free software packages out
    there that I know of.  one is 'vmware player' (from . The
    other is called Virtualbox (
    both let you install a 'guest' OS and run most if not all the apps the
    guest OS supports.
    Vmware provides a few other options that are pay.   The pay one would
    be vmware workstation, it has a few additional features to the
    software that a serious desktop user may want.
    virtualbox just has the one and it's free to use as is the vmware player.
    Drawbacks to virtual are:
    resource intensive.    IF your computer is a dog now, the virtual OS
    will make it worse.   It likes RAM.  If you have a newer computer with
    4 gigs of RAM or more, then it shouldn't be a problem.  IF you choose
    to install Windows as a guest, then you're required to buy a license
    for it.
    If you try to run a  64 bit OS as a guest, your processor must have
    the virtualization bit (don't recall the exact name off hand),
    otherwise you're limited to a 32 bit OS as the guest OS.
    virtualbox has 'snapshots'.  so if you get your virtual machine setup
    the way you want, take a snapshot of it and if something screws up
    later, go back to the snapshot and restore it.
    If you have a favorite app that runs under linux, you can run linux as
    the guest OS.
    I run linux for my desktop, my GPS software only runs under windows,
    so I'm able to run windows 7 as a guest OS under my normal linux and
    have all the software works great.
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