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How To Run Windows And Linux On A Single System
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:30 pm Reply and quote this post
This Recipe will tell you how to install and optimize VMware Server, a software virtual machine emulator that lets you run Linux and one or more other operating systems at the same time, each in a separate window. In most cases this means Windows, though other OSes can be run as well.

Why do it? The disadvantages of Windows are well known. It's a malware magnet, and some reports say its instability has survived even into the recently-released Vista version. At the same time, Windows runs on the overwhelming majority of desktops and notebooks. It's a fact of life.

Recently, Apple Computer has started boasting of the Mac's ability to run Windows via dual boot. This capability is important, because many business programs and popular games alike are available only in Windows versions. Linux has the same problem. Many essential programs are simply unavailable in versions that will run on this open-source OS.

VMware Server makes it possible to not only run these programs, but also to run them from an open Linux session. So a user can work on a word-processor document in OpenOffice in Linux while they run a legacy Windows graphics application to create its images at the same time.

The Linux OS emulation described in this Recipe lets users run older legacy Windows applications within a virtual machine that's a lot more malware-resistant than a computer running Windows as its only OS. This emulation also lets users run the new Linux applications, many of which are as good or better than their Windows equivalents. Oh, and did I mention that they can run Windows and Linux applications at the same time?

For example, I'm running Opera in Linux with 90 open sub-windows, something I wouldn't even want to try in Windows. I also have Firefox, since some Web sites have trouble with Opera, just like they do with Windows IE. All major Linux distributions come with an OpenOffice equivalent of MS Office, which are free and very, very good. I just downloaded gEDA schematics and PC Designer, which gives me what appears to be a complete electronics design package; the functionality includes rip-up-and-retry PCB auto-routing. For free software, that's not bad!

More at this great article:

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:33 pm Reply and quote this post
Also look up Leo Laporte's Security Now for more information on VMs.
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:30 pm Reply and quote this post
Looks pretty interesting, but I've always had enough machines lying around to be able to run one OS per machine.
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Wed Feb 21, 2007 8:00 am Reply and quote this post
Dual booting is handy.
When I want the kids to leave my main rig alone I boot into Ubuntu.........think they're scared of Tux and they stay away  

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Wed Feb 21, 2007 11:16 am Reply and quote this post
Intresting, but why don't you just run it from the bootloader by adding it with vistaboot pro for vista or editing boot.ini for XP? That'd be better because then you either run windows or linux so it'll be faster
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Wed Feb 21, 2007 1:42 pm Reply and quote this post
Lilo or Grub does the job for ya  
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