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Old 04-03-2004, 03:00 AM   #1
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Linux emulation in XP ?

Yes .. Linux emulated in XP . Now before you pull out your stones , I'll tell you my problem. .. I just got a new tablet , and can not set up a duel boot..

So , if i cant run a duel boot , could I run Linux in xp with an emulator , is there such a thing..

any feedback would be great ..

thank you =) !
Old 04-03-2004, 04:52 AM   #2
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Not sure why you can't set up a dual boot, but ...

You can check out cygwin. It ain't really Linux, but it's linuxy ;-)

Or if you don't mind spending some money (or employing less scrupulous means to obtain proprietary software), you could try vmware workstation. It creates a virtual machine within windows (and other OS's) on which you can install any x86 OS.

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Old 04-03-2004, 10:33 AM   #3
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You could download a virtual machine of some sort... I haven't looked into the matter much, but I'm sure google has some options for you. In case you don't know (because you are, after all, asking for an emulator) a virtual machine emulates your entire computer. I don't know how, because I've never used one before, but apparently it recreates software versions of your hardware and allows whatever program you want to use them; even an operating system. I know it's possible, because one of my not-too-technologically-savvy friends found one and made it work. Anyway, good luck!
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The " Tablet edition" of XP is whats screwing the duel boot up , and the recovery is a ghosted image , so i cant extract files to make two partitions..

VMware looks nice .. Also heard the new Virtual PC will emulate Linux also .. gunna have to check it out ..

Thanks for the feedback ..!

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Be aware that Microsoft has made it difficult to share files between the host XP system and the Virtual PC Linux system.

Old 04-04-2004, 08:08 PM   #6
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I do not know if VMWare and Linux could be used on a tablet computer or not. But, A year or two ago I took a College class where we each used VMWare some. Each computer ran Windows XP Professional and VMWare was used to run Red Hat Linux 7.3 in a virtual machine on the same computer. Red Hat 7.3 could then be run in a window under Windows XP. We could jump back and forth between each in a couple of seconds. Linux could also be run full screen under Windows XP.

I liked it enough that I got a student version of VMWare Workstation to use on my computer at home. I have the Linux version of VMWare 4.0.5 instead of the Windows version. On my computer Linux is my main operating sytem which I boot up first. I can then run Windows in a window under Linux. With the Linux version, configuring it to share USB devices between both operating systems is somewhat complicated and difficult. I believe that it is easier to share printers with the Windows XP version.

VMWare has a special feature for sharing folders between each operating system. It is an easy to use feature. There are also other ways to exchange information. Both operating systems can be given their own useable IP address. A folder can then be shared using Samba. Instead of using Samba I have also used sftp to transfer files with ftp commands.

VMWare is somewhat expensive. There are two other somewhat similar products that are not as expensive. I do not know how they compare and can not remember what they are called. VMWare only supports the use of certain Linux distros and certain verstions of those distros. That last detail can be somewhat limiting especially if Linux is used as the main operating system. There are more expensive versions of VMWare used by large companies to run multiple Linux virtual servers on one powerful computer. I do not know anthing about installing Linux or anything else on a tablet computer or is not compatible with that. Using a Cygwin Unix emulator would at least allow you to practice using some Linux/Unix commands if you are interested in that.


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