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Old 07-10-2009, 05:10 PM
 
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Has anyone installed a version of Linux on a netbook and then installed Sun Virtual Box to occasionally run WinXP?

If so, please share your experience, good and bad, gotchas, and tips.

When I finally buy a netbook (1024x600 is not good enough), I would like to avoid dual-booting.
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Old 07-11-2009, 10:48 PM
 
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Why would you want to virtually run an OS, especially on a native computer?
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Old 07-11-2009, 11:57 PM
 
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Why would you want to virtually run an OS, especially on a native computer?
Because:

(1) many versions of Linux are far faster and far more resource frugal than Windows, particularly important on underpowered netbooks

(2) By default, I personally prefer using a wide variety of free and usually faster Linux software

(3) I prefer not to deal with potential "gotchas", unnecessary dual-booting complications, finicky boot loaders, or MBR corruption

(4) greater disk space utilization and flexibility

(5) my Windows "needs" are infrequent but they still exist - not all Windows software and utilities have equal equivalents in Linux.

There have been anecdotal reports that Sun's newest 3.0.x versions of Virtual Box are very efficient

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Originally Posted by CIO Magazine

VirtualBox 3.0: an Easy Way to Mix and Match Operating Systems

I installed VirtualBox 3.0 on three different systems running three different platforms: SimplyMEPIS 8.0, a Debian Linux distribution; Windows XP SP3; and Windows 7 Release Candidate 1. In every case, it installed without a hitch within five minutes.

Once it was in place, I used VirtualBox on MEPIS to run an instance of XP within Linux. I also ran Ubuntu 9.04 within XP and, to try something really out of the ordinary, OpenSolaris 2009.6 within Windows 7. All of these "guest operating systems" ran great using VirtualBox.

What's cool about it? With VirtualBox you can mix and match operating systems depending on your needs. It also gives you an easy way to test out operating systems before deploying them.

Its overall performance was also better than that of previous versions, in particular, on systems using Intel's VT-x or Advanced Micro Devices' AMD-V technologies for virtualization on the x86 platform. This proved especially useful when moving from the guest to the host operating system (and vice-versa), with one quick mouse move. On a well set-up system, you might never know that you were actually working with two different operating systems because there's no noticeable transition as you switch from the host to the guest and back again.
I did note that of the Intel Atom CPUs used in netbooks, only a few in the Z520-Z550 range have Intel's VT-x capability.

http://www.intel.com/technology/virtualization/

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Old 07-12-2009, 08:38 AM
 
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VirtualBox - VirtualBox

Portable VirtualBox 64bit (not for netbooks)
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Old 07-12-2009, 08:49 AM
 
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/perlow/?p=10422

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