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Old 10-26-2017, 11:42 AM   #1
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is it better to use a virtual machine or install slackware on unused space on drive.

is it better to install virtual machine like virtual box or just install install slackware on unused space on the drive.
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Depends on what you want to do - if you are testing it out to see if you like it, VB is safe because you won't affect your current Linux install. problem is that what may work in VB may not work on your heardware. Ultimately up to you.
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Yes! Absolutely, except when the answer is NO!
As pointed out, it depend upon your goal, which you have not made clear.

"Better" is not an absolute term, we have to ask "better for what?" and "better in what way?"

I have to add "better on what hardware?", because I run hardware that is almost totally incompatible with VirtualBox. (Though I LOVE it where it runs well!)
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With Win8 & UEFI, I'd start in VBox, esp if you're just learning Linux.
You can trivially delete all the VBox stuff when you get dual-boot working.
On 64bit, VM isn't 'that much' slower than bare-metal (except for maybe fancy GPU)
Exactly what hardware do you have?
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To my way of thinking, "virtual machine technology wins hands-down." Modern microprocessors contain hardware support for virtualization, and VirtualBox is free. (Backed by Oracle Corporation, yet still free.)

You don't have to do a thing to the host environment, in order to run a completely-different operating system environment.

Yes, you, too can put Windows exactly where it belongs: in a window, on your Linux host box!

... (or, of course, run Linux in a VM with a Windows host.)

I find that external hard drives (USB or FireWire or Thunderbolt) work extremely well for this purpose. You don't have to repartition anything at all. (You can of course also put VM disk-image files into ordinary, albeit large, files on the host.)

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