Spending some time this afternoon with QEMU, which can be attained from the official Fedora 5 Extras repository, the experience was quite pleasant to say the least -- not having tried QEMU since its v0.7.2 release last year. QEMU is a open-source processor emulator that uses dynamic translation. Some of the items tried with QEMU on Fedora Core 5 was memtest86+ v1.65, SimplyMEPIS v6.0, GParted LiveCD v0.2.4-2, and Gentoo v2006.0 x86 LiveCD. With each of these environments, there were no major performance problems running it on a Pentium M laptop after some tweaking was done with the configuration. In the near future we may be looking at a performance examination for QEMU under various operating systems -- however, that article is still in the early planning stages.
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