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04 Aug 2009  
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johngalt View Post
Holo, you're not the village idiot - if anything, the folks who coined the terms should be referred to a village idiots.

Virtual Desktops are as Zidane mentions - multiple desktops that can be doing different tasks simultaneously. Think of it as a person with 1 monitor actually having 4 virtual monitors - monitor 1 is running an email app full screen, monitor 2 is running a browser full screen, monitor 3 is playing a video, and monitor 4 is currently empty - something like that. Now, this user can switch from virtual desktop 1 (aka monitor 1) to virtual desktop 2 (aka monitor 2) and so on.

Virtualization of the desktop, screen , and operating systems is, in fact, similar, but they operate at very different levels. VMWare, VBox, and Virt PC give you a virtual operating system - not just another copy of your screen, but the entire OS.
Indeed...the terms are incorrect...makes a very confusing scenario
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