MS Windows emulator or VM with USB support

Adam J Richardson at
Sat Apr 21 04:48:26 UTC 2007

youshi10 at wrote:
> On Fri, 20 Apr 2007, Milan Knizek wrote:
>> Hello,
>> is there an emulator or virtual machine, which would run MS Windows on 
>> FreeBSD
>> as a host system and support USB devices? (I do not mean USB Mass 
>> Storage,
>> but e.g. Garmin GPS device with Garmin's MapSource.)
>> Preferrably some free software.
>> AFAIK wine cannot support usb devices, VMware Server 1.x does runs 
>> only on
>> linux.
>> Best regards,
>> Milan
>> -- 
>> Milan Knížek
>> e-mail knizek {na} volny {v} cz
> Based on my experience VMware is the most complete VM that can deliver 
> this. However, there are people working on porting Xen to FreeBSD 
> (CURRENT I believe, not STABLE).
> So stay tuned for Xen if you're interested..
> -Garrett

Does Qemu do what you want? I'm installing Windows 2000 Professional
inside Qemu for some experiments. I don't know if it fulfils your USB
requirement, but it's free and I hear it runs on FreeBSD pretty well.

Hope this helps,
Adam J Richardson

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