[LAU] Linux/Windows dichotomy

Ken Restivo ken at restivo.org
Wed Oct 20 23:53:49 UTC 2010

On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 12:16:00PM -0700, Tobiah wrote:
> 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.

Cool idea, though I would have run the Windoze in the VM box, and had a real operating system running on the hardware. But yeah, virtualization is a LOT more convenient than dual boot for those who need multiple OSen.


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