Understanding the Basics of Gentoo VMware Virtualization

Gentoo Linux operating system is a lightweight, easy to use, highly modular distribution application designed to provide high optimization for desktop performance.  It primarily focuses its operation on the distribution of the OS from the source code. 

The development of Gentoo fast-tracked this distribution and the system attained a reputation for high speed performance.  For non-Linux users, installing the Gentoo system could be a daunting task especially if the workstation operates on the Windows platform.  Fortunately, the virtualization capability of the VMware system will allow users and system administrators to view and experiment with the Gentoo distribution without changing their current operating system. 

Through Gentoo VMware deployment, the Linux distribution could be installed as a guest appliance on the host machine.  This means VMware will create a virtual workstation for the Gentoo OS and it can run as a single window of the current Windows platform.  In this way, the Gentoo distribution can be tested and used fully even without partitioning and altering the system configuration of the present workstation set-up. 

To set-up the Gentoo operating system, users need to prepare first the virtual machine.  This means the VMware virtualization program needs to be uploaded first on the current desktop environment.  After setting up the virtual machine, the guest operating system can be installed on it. 

Installing the Gentoo Linux on the virtual machine would be easier especially if the Gentoo Handbook is available.  All the installation and customization instructions can be found in it.  When all things are settled, the current workstation can now function as a dual workstation with a host OS and a guest virtual machine with separate OS.