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Old 08-23-2010, 09:18 AM   #1
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trying to virtualize


hello, im running a windows 7/Ubuntu 10.04 multi boot setup. problem is that i have projects and games running on each and i cant work them all at the same time only because i have to boot one or the other at any given time. i need a good desktop virtualizer. what i want, ideally, is a setup in which i press power, it boots up into one unified desktop without me having to select a system. just clean and simple. preferably i want to just download and install it and it unifies everything without me having to reinstall everything but i will do so if i have to. preferably i want a free solution but paid solutions are acceptable. a friend recommended "Parallels", but as i have been unable to contact customer support im leery about committing. the friend who recommended it doesn't actually use it but recommended it based on what he saw when he happened to read about it. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!! hardware isn't a real issue. i have a Core2 Duo and 4gb ram so i should be covered.
 
Old 08-23-2010, 10:58 AM   #2
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Try virtualbox:

http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/News

You can download the windows version at the above website and Ubuntu has a package available on their repos. However, you can forget about doing any kind of intense gaming on a virtualized OS.
 
Old 08-23-2010, 12:08 PM   #3
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i really dont do much in the way of intense gaming. mostly diablo2. what i was thinking was using windows7 as host os and installing ubuntu as guest. i installed vitrualbox but its not exactly straightforward...rather i should say i cant find a way to do what it is that i want. what it looks like im going to have to do is completely reinstall windows over the whole drive then install the virtualizer then install ubuntu as guest. like i said what i really want is to have both on one unified desktop instead of having to run a VM. any advice on good apps for that? fre is prefered but i will do paid solutions too if thats what it takes to get everything on one desktop.
 
Old 08-23-2010, 12:37 PM   #4
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I don't run windows much except winxp or win2k under virtualbox as guests on linux systems. However, you should probably check out VirtualBox's "seamless mode" which looks like what your after:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/virtual...stems-desktop/

You will have to reinstall your guest ubuntu OS as you already noted.

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Old 08-23-2010, 03:20 PM   #5
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and virtualbox is available for free for windows? just to check...i start clean with my win7, then install virtbox, then install ubuntu through virtbox right? then do what the article said with the seamless mode? the other question is will it automatically go into seamless mode every time i boot up after that or do i just have to click it again?

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Old 08-24-2010, 08:05 AM   #6
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Like the linux version, the windows version of VirtualBox is free. Download the VirtualBox 3.2.8 for Windows hosts from here:

http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

If you are not having any problems with your current win7 installation, there is no need to reinstall it. Just install VirtualBox on it like you would any other windows application. Then you install ubuntu through VirtualBox. Once you get your ubuntu installation set the way you want it in VirtualBox, you set up the seamless mode operation in VirtualBox. I'm not familiar with that part of it, but it appears that in seamless mode VirtualBox and its virtualized ubuntu installation runs in the background and you can access the ubuntu applications menu from within windows on your windows desktop. You will have to do some further reading and research on your own if you are up to the task.
 
Old 08-25-2010, 11:30 AM   #7
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Talking

thanks. im having a little slowdown with my windows7 right now but i also havent been keeping it maintianed like i normally do because im doing a lot more on ubuntu right now. im going to do a fresh install because of differrent issues which make it the best option. ive tried to just remove the linux and expand the volume before and i always end up frakking the HD so to make it easier on me and prevent me having to find a deer rifle and a clock tower, im just going to start fresh.i would prefer that it just go seamless automatically but if all i have to do is click a few buttons each time its fine. thanks for the help. maybe VMWare can add that function to the next revision if its not already there.
 
  


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