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Old 05-28-2008, 05:17 AM   #1
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Windows on Linux??


I have dual Boot System in which WinXp and Ubuntu Linux are running.Since I enjoy most of time working in ubuntu, I want to run WinXp with Outlook and COmmunicator working while I am in Ubuntu System.

How gonna this be possible??
 
Old 05-28-2008, 05:24 AM   #2
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Look into something like VirtualBox. You can run a virtual Windows session fine from within a linux distro.
 
Old 05-28-2008, 05:49 AM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestion.lemme install and try out this softy..
 
Old 05-28-2008, 06:56 AM   #4
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Virtual box is great, I tried it for the first time last night and I must admit it was very straightforward to use

From your tag it says your a ubuntu user, so you can find virtualbox via synaptic

Its then a case of setting up the virtual machine, mounting an ISO or XP install disc and starting the machine, the rest is just the standard XP install

I'm not sure how USB work with it, but in 1 hour I had it set up and had the IE7 working

Good luck
 
Old 05-28-2008, 07:08 AM   #5
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The free version of Virtualbox does not (did not?) support USB while the commercial version does. If USB is important, you should consider vmware player or vmware server instead. Those work just as well but they have to be installed manually and there appears to be some patching involved for Hardy .
 
Old 05-28-2008, 07:16 AM   #6
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Qemu/kqemu does support usb and is faster than both vmware and virtualbox (except for graphical speed if the additional software are installed). It is a command line tool and there are several GUIs to install if you don't like the command line.

There is also Wine, which is a great piece of software. It runs faster than any virtualization software. It can't run XP, but it ca run outlook and Communicator and many windows software.
 
Old 05-28-2008, 07:20 AM   #7
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I think you people dint get me. I have Dual Boot Box(WinXp and Ubuntu) and I am right now on Ubuntu machine. I want to start WinXp which is not started yet.Is it really possible to start the WinXp sitting on the same Ubuntu running machine?

How gonna I configure it?I dont see any option to fetch the background WinxP image ???
It is asking for existing and that too point me to some directory.How can I include stopped backgrounded WinXP Image...

Pls Help
 
Old 05-28-2008, 07:24 AM   #8
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I barely got the first paragraph, the second paragraph got me completely confused.
Can you please spell out what you want like you were talking to a 2 year old child, so my limited mind can understand what it is you want to do?

Do you want to have both Ubuntu and Windows running from grub without virtualizing any of them? If that is so, I'm afraid this is not possible, or you would need 2 computers.
Grub exists before the system boots and then it doesn't exist anymore.
It's something like that:
BIOS->grub->OS
OS is either Ubuntu or Windows.
Windows can be virtualized from Ubuntu, but grub can't run one OS and then the next. Grub can only run one OS and stop existing until next boot. It doesn't run in the background.
It's like the wheels in your car. You can change it but you can't have 2 wheels on the same place on the axle-tree. And you better stop to change wheels. You can't change wheels while you are driving.
When the OS is running, it's the only one running. You can have a virtual guest, but it's virtual. The OS that is really running is alone.

Last edited by Agrouf; 05-28-2008 at 07:45 AM.
 
Old 05-29-2008, 09:53 AM   #9
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as Agrouf said, you can't run both OS at the same time w/o virtualizing them.
I think your concern is on how to access your existing data (like *.pst outlook file, etc) on WinXP while you are running Ubuntu. You can mount WinXP filesystem from Ubuntu and use wine to run outlook, pointing to your data file on WinXP. in this way, you can retrieve existing emails on WinXP from Ubuntu. Is this what you are trying to do eventually?
 
Old 05-29-2008, 10:30 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by ajeetraina View Post
I think you people dint get me. I have Dual Boot Box(WinXp and Ubuntu) and I am right now on Ubuntu machine. I want to start WinXp which is not started yet.Is it really possible to start the WinXp sitting on the same Ubuntu running machine?

How gonna I configure it?I dont see any option to fetch the background WinxP image ???
It is asking for existing and that too point me to some directory.How can I include stopped backgrounded WinXP Image...

Pls Help
Are you trying to load your data while you're working in ubuntu??

As billymayday says you can run WinXp while you are working in ubuntu, using VirtualBox or VmWare; or like ubyt3m3 says, you can load your applications using wine. I don't know how Outlook works in wine, cuz I didn't tried, I've imported my outlook data to a evolution and it's working ok.
 
Old 05-30-2008, 01:12 AM   #11
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Which is proficient for M$ Communicator to work with - WINE or Virtual Box? Can we really Install Win Xp on Ubuntu through WINE.??
 
Old 05-30-2008, 06:46 AM   #12
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No, as I sais earlier, you can't install xp through wine. Actually, wine replaces win xp.
Sometimes, wine will not support an API that may make some programs run with glitches, or not run at all. However, if the program runs through wine, it will run much faster and smoother than on virtualbox, and it will consume much less memory and you don't have to boot windows to launch your program. Moreover, it will be more integrated in your desktop, which means you can copy/paste, change the window theme and stuff.
Anyway, I don't know what you use communicator for, but there are a lot of native messenging clients on ubuntu. Maybe you can find a better alternative to communicator.
If you HAVE to use communicator, then try with wine and if it doesn't work, use virtualbox, qemu or vmware. You could also maybe check crossover.

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