[LAU] Linux/Windows dichotomy

Tobiah toby at tobiah.org
Wed Oct 20 19:16:00 UTC 2010

I've always dual booted, because of Windows games, and for some
Windows audio and music software.  Now I have a firewire interface that
only works with Jack under Linux, which is unpleasing.

I decided to install Kubuntu on a virtual machine using Windows
as the host.  This is awesome.  I'm using a dual head setup, and
put Linux on one monitor full screen, and my main Windows screen
on the other.  Vmware allows the mouse to seamlessly glide from
one OS to the other.  My firewire interface appears as a well
supported Ensoniq AudioPCI.  Too cool.  I give Linux a dedicated
stereo pair of the Echo Audiofire8.  My machine has 8Gig Ram and
a four core processor.  I give half of the ram and two of the four
processors to Linux.  I still have two strong 'machines' running at the
same time, and sharing files is easy.

Cygwin was always a possibility, but I'm going to run this setup
now.  The Linux box feels like it's running on its own hardware.
Very cool.  The basic version of VMware is free now btw.
Virtualbox is another option, but I think VMware has the edge.


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