Operating System Emulation Category


Emerge Desktop – Alternate Windows Shell

Emerge Desktop is an Open Source and Portable Alternate Replacement Windows Shell. This Shell works by temporarily replacing the Windows Explorer desktop user interface through the implementation of MinGW. The Shell provides familiar functionality along with new features, enhancements, and plugins not found in the native Windows Explorer Shell. For example it could be used to potentially run Unix/Linux native programs on Windows?

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Cameo Shell – BlackBox for Windows

Cameo Shell - BlackBox for Windows

Cameo Shell is a neat BlackBox Window Manager for Windows. Basically, it is an open source portable desktop environment that can be used in place of Windows Explorer. But it's more than just that. The full version of Cameo includes many Open Source Portable Applications that can be run from this new shell. Cameo Shell is based on a modified (BlackBox) bbLean shell, offering a more Linux like style, look and feel.

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MobaLiveCD – Portable Live CD Emulator

MobaLiveCD - Portable Live CD Emulator

MobaLiveCD is a Free Portable Live CD Emulator that utilizes a Software front end for Qemu to enable you to run Linux Live CDs and other ISO's portably from Windows without rebooting. Moreover, all of this can be stored and run directly from a portable USB device.

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VirtuaWin – Windows Virtual Desktop Manager

VirtuaWin - Windows Virtual Desktop Manager

VirtuaWin is a Free portable Virtual Desktop Manager for Windows. Much like virtual desktop managers for Linux/Unix, VirtuaWin enables a user to easily organize multiple applications over several virtual desktops or workspaces. This helps eliminate clutter that normally builds up on singular desktops by giving extra workspace in the form of multiple desktops. This application requires roughly 256KB of free space for completely portable stand alone installation.

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Portable Qemu Manager

Portable Qemu Manager

Qemu Manager is a nice and simple GUI manager for Qemu emulation. It makes it easy for the average computer user to administer and use Qemu. The nice Graphical User Interface included in the manager makes it easy to manage and create virtual machine images. This application can easily be run from a portable device and requires roughly 16.8MB of free space for complete installation. This is a must have tool for those who wish to make portable virtual machine images of various Operating Systems that can even be run portably from a USB device.

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DOSBox – Portable DOS Emulator

DOSBox - Portable DOS Emulator

DOSBox is a portable DOS emulator or Portable DOSBox that can be used to run many old DOS games or applications that cannot be run on a modern Windows Operating System. It is great to use for those old DOS software applications or games you may have sitting around collecting dust. This portable DOS Emulator requires roughly 3.6MB for complete installation.

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Mac On a Stick – Portable Macintosh on a USB stick

Mac On a Stick - Portable Macintosh on a USB stick

Mac On a Stick is just as the name imposes. Although for most, it isn't a complete replacement operating system, a MOS installation can include many useful applications running from an emulated Mini vMac (a Macintosh Plus emulator). Some example applications include BBEdit Lite, Excalibur, Glider, Nisus Compact, QuickPop, Sokoban, Tex-Edit and Texris. Mac On a Stick can run completely from a USB flash drive.

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