Hyper-V Program Manager
I've been meaning to do this for a while, but I've finally had a chance to play with ReactOS (http://www.reactos.org/en/index.html). For those of you who have not heard of this operating system, it is an the open source operating system with the ambitious goal of providing a Windows XP compatible operating environment that is capable of running any Windows programs, and utilizing Windows drivers. The current available version is 0.3.0. It comes as either a LiveCD (that you can boot directly) or as a standard CD that you can install on a blank virtual machine.
With either option I was able to get ReactOS up and running under Virtual PC very quickly, with no special tricks or tips involved:
The operating system ran well enough, though I was surprised to find out just how bad compatibility with Windows applications was. Most applications that I tried began to install but failed during installation. The few that made it all the way through installation, then did not work. After trying a whole swath of applications unsuccessfully I checked out the compatibility list on their website, and found that I did not have copies of most of the compatible applications (or I wasn't interested in running them because they were already cross platform applications, like Mozilla). What really surprised me was that there were a number of applications that I have been able to run under Linux using WiNE that I could not run under ReactOS (even though they share a fair amount of source code).
Oh well, I will have to keep an eye on this project to see how it progresses.
In all fairness, it is in alpha, unlike WINE which has years and full releases under its belt already.
It does look interesting tho!
Any chance to make OLPC (http://www.laptop.org/) running on VirtualPC? I had converted the image to VHD, it booted while the mouse was not working?
Yes, I would like to look at this sometime but I've not had the chance to yet.
ReactOS is still in development. It has not reached 1.0 yet. It is only 0.3.0. It also comes at a good price; FREE. I think ReactOS has a future. Have you tried installing it on a computer instead of running it in Virtual PC? It would be interesting to see your thoughts on it.
Just curiousity. Could any Virtual PC version be installed under ReactOS?