The problem is that I'm not having as much spare time lately as I used to have.
At this moment, I'm trying to recover a comfortable programming environment in a Win7 Laptop.
But it's not so easy as it used to be since the 64-bit arrived everywhere, the 16-bit DOS programs no longer run natively, and I'm setting a virtual machine with a network link to my real harddrive. If only things were as easy as they used to be :(
There's another idea lingering around (but that I won't be able to perform in a time soon), which is to create a virtual machine with DOS development software, that could maybe be made downloadable for whoever wants to develop for DOS. The problem here is picking the operating system that can route such network drive correctly, and on which you can comfortably multitask between the IDE, compiler, and a DOS to run tests (out of licensing problems, WinXP would be a nice choice :( ).
Choosing the VM for a freely distributable manager is also a problem: in a remote past I used VMware, that worked fairly well. I have been experimenting with Bosch, QEmu, and VirtualBox, as I also wanted Linux VMs for such environments, and I was pretty unsuccessful with Bosch, somewhat successful with QEmu, but VirtualBox seemed to be doing pretty well.
What's your own experience for virtual machines? ideas or suggestions?