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I very much look forward to such a topic as virtualization involving topics of Linux as either a guest to another OS, or as the host to another OS, or Linux hosting Linux. How could the forum exclude even Hyper-V. Consider Hyper-V with a Linux distribution as the guest with the installation of XEN on the Linux guest to presumably get better performance of the Linux guest on Hyper-V.
Sounds to me like you have a pretty good machine for a noob. I have been at it since 1982.
Anyway, I started out with VMware and found resources pretty slammed on both Host and Guest. And the virtualized switches (NICS) utilizing resources (IP's, ram, etc. etc) even when not running a guest are something else to deal with. And Virtual PC appears to have to run on a Windows Host!
So I have moved to VirtualBox- Running on 64 bit Ubuntu 9.04 and WinXP Guest at work and Virtualbox - Running on 32 bit Ubuntu 9.04 and WinXP/Vista Ultimate Guests at home. Linux/ubuntu hosts do not require all the resources the Microsoft counterpart do.
Why you say? I still cannot run my games from Windows on the virtualized guest (the OpenGL/DirectX thingy), but I can still run OpenOffice , Office, Anti-Virus, Firewall, Network Management softwares made only for Windblows. So I get the best of both worlds. And as a network Administrator, I can investigate issues on two platforms. Its a challange and I get to learn something new every day.
Maybe at some point I will look into Fedora and/or Suse Linux guests and find I like those systems better. As long as I can use open source and do the same things (but in a different way), and utilize the paid for operating systems/software - I will continue with virtualization.
Hello everyone, I am jucas1961 from Italy,
I want to apologize for my English in school. I just installed linux (Ubuntu) on an iMac running VMware Fusion and it seems to work well. Then I installed Kaffeine with a broadcast reciver USB. So I'm a beginner.
I am very pleased to have joined this discussion forum.
greeting from Italy.
I am sure there are people that think running linux in vm on proprietary O/S is real good. But from a open source world this really is a set back.
I also disapprove of the use of proprietary software.
But in the real world there are plenty of companies that foolishly demand their employees use insecure operating systems like Windows. Also, sometimes only proprietary Windows software exists for some task, and it may not run under Wine.
In such cases, using a VM to bring in a partial Linux solution is an improvement.
I'm in the position of having to use software that will only run under Windows, specifically Quickbooks for accounting (historical continuity essential) and Lightroom for RAW processing (it's a brilliant piece of software, essential for my work). My son, who actually looks after all the IT needs for our business, persuaded me to try Virtual Box for the Windows stuff. I love using Ubuntu so this is a great solution.
There have been some hiccups along the way, Windows sulks from time to time and our printers aren't supported on Linux. Our Canon i9950 now runs under TurboPrint on Linux, and is 'installed' on XP, but our Canon ipf5000 can only run in XP. But the whole system is faster and more secure, and TurboPrint gives a higher quality print output than Canon's own driver!
The best image viewer bar none, in my opinion, is Irfanview, which runs under Wine. Now, if only Irfan could be persuaded to produce a Linux version...
Distribution: Bodhi Linux 2/3 , Puppy, Knoppix, SliTaz, Raspbian, Kali
Me too, folks. Been wrassling with QEMU / KVM in Ubuntu LTS 8.04.x (mostly) since 9.04 breaks the Intel graphics on this laptop.
Finally acheived a l o n g - a w a i t e d ambition in February when XP ran cleanly and a flurry of small apps that would not WINE well ran inside a safe Linux machine for the first time - a first for me, anyway.
@Drakeo, @KenJackson - yes indeedy, the ideal situation is to use VMs as above, but humans being perverse and curious, my hope is that there will be a trickle of Win hosts migrating to Linux hosting of Windows that grows into a steady stream, eventually.
Doncha just love seeing Windows where it belongs - inside a window?
I start with VMware Workstation, but then i tried vmware-server and i love it!
I test Virtual Box but it did not convinced me, i went back to vmware-server.
Then i tried OpenVZ, and i like it, more than vmware-server, specially because it does not virtualice the hardware, so it is more stable, fast and relieable, also is based on containers, so they are isolate guest OS. I am using VMware-server and OpenVZ, The both are great and the best in virtualization topics.
Now a full and complex scenario can be done with both options, if you need compatibility for others OS than GNU/Linux, vmware-server makes the great complement to do that task.