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Old 03-30-2007, 04:49 AM   #1
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vmware with linux or windows


In my PC, i still need the to use some windows applications like (Word, IE for some sites, i still haven't got how to configure my printer (HP F370) in Linux), and probably it will appear some other things that still makes me dependent on windows. This is the reason why i still use windows.

So, in my PC i've the 2 OS installed, but, sometimes, i need to use both at same time, and, in my configuration, this isn't possible.

What i would like to know is, if it's better to install Slackware in a VMware in windows or the other way around?

Old 03-30-2007, 05:13 AM   #2
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Yes, there are many solutions to this. Take a look at VirtualBox (which is the one I've tried and which works for me). It's available for Windows and Linux, allowing you to run either in the other. It's easy to set up in windows, and there's good documentation on their website, which I suggest you read before starting!

I'm not sure if all your peripherals will work though (such as your printer). Might be worth considering VMWare Player/Server for that, although I'm not sure if they will manager it either.

edit: as to whether it's better to have windows running in slackware, or the other way around, well that depends largely on which one you use the most. If you use slackware the most, then install VirtualBox in slack, and install windows in a virtual machine. You'll probably find that you get better performance from the virtual machine when it's running from within slackware due to slack's generally lighter memory footprint. I run windows in slackware, and it's almost native speed.

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Old 03-30-2007, 03:05 PM   #3
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Hi, I tried VirtualBox and VMWare together with identical system and tools and for everyday use you won't see any difference (beside of price VMWare Workstation).
But usually thing is in details - I run Windows because I need to use laboratory measurement cards with LabView software and from my experience VMWare (Player/Workstation) handles it better. Moreover, it's a bit easier to configure.
For Word I'm happy with CrossOffice 6 Pro - 2003 runs smooth and stable.

In virtual machine you will have your printer working with no problems and you can even share it through samba with you Linux machine.

Please also keep in mind that virtual machine is not identical with your equipment - you are on generic GFX and sound card.

Please also check the Qemu option, it's very promising solution.


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