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Old 06-01-2012, 08:07 PM   #1
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virtual machine on Slackware - guidance requested


With a small gaggle of Slackware boxes, mostly running 13.37, and a desire to use some analysis programs and applications in a mostly Linux environment.

Can anyone offer some high level guidance a to what open source or at least free to use software might be available.

The windows applications desired are presently working under XP and Win 7.

A year or so ago, I tried running one of the applications under Wine, and it did not work, so I have assumed that Wine may not be my best choice. Searching the archives, I find that virtualbox was recommended, generally, about two years ago. I know things change, and that's why I'm asking.

Any pointers our high level guidance?

Thanks.
 
Old 06-01-2012, 08:09 PM   #2
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I use Virtualbox on Slackware 13.37 and Slackware -current without any problems.
 
Old 06-01-2012, 08:30 PM   #3
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Which installation for VirtualBox did you use, or did you simply build it on Slackware?
 
Old 06-01-2012, 09:20 PM   #4
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I use the standard installer from their website, the one for "All distributions", works fine.
 
Old 06-01-2012, 10:19 PM   #5
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Installed VirtualBox, using the method you suggested. It did install painlessly.

Most of my machines don't have a CD/DVD drive...is there a way I can remotely use a CD on another machine (running NFS, etc.) so I can install Win 7 or XP on my virtual machines, where the physical machine lacks a CD?
 
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Just make an ISO image of your Windows CD/DVD. Any CD/DVD burning solution should be able to do it. You can use those images to install Windows into your virtual machines.
 
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By the way, A year is a long time in Wine Project. Try Wine again before going Virtual Boxes.
 
Old 06-03-2012, 12:31 PM   #8
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I'll check out WINE again, when I get a newer version for Slackware. I installed VirtualBox, and it appears to do what I want. I will, however, have to move my applications to a machine with more than 2GB RAM, as Win7 appears to be a memory hog extraordinaire.

Thanks for the pointers and suggestions, your assistance has been helpful.
 
  


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