So if you like to try out new things, and you're not using VMWare yet, get with the program!
Really, though - it's so easy now (and the VMServer is free) . Just download and install.
VMWare lets you run mini virtualized server environments within your current operating system. Yea, there is a little overhead, but for testing and trying out new databases, configurations, applications, it's really cool.
The best part of it all, is the fact that you can download a host of pre-built applications to run with in the VMServer you just installed. Just startup the server and, wala... a running MYSql database in slackware on your Dell windows laptop. Yea, they have an Oracle 10g RAC appliance, as well as a SQLServer 2005 appliance.
Sweet. If you haven't checked it out, do so now...