New(ish) Linux User - story, plus questions!
Hi all, just introducing myself and getting into Linux more and more. For over 10 years, I have had jobs doing programming in Windows environments (.Net mainly), but always dabbled in Linux for fun...
I was recently given a work laptop (quite a high spec Dell) and what they have started doing with the laptops at work is to have a blank Windows 7 install and then run all required software on a virtual machine. A couple of weeks ago, the hard disk died and Windows was no more (thankfully I had been backing my work up on a pen drive).
So, how does Linux fit into all this? Well, I had Windows and Linux disks lying around and my pen drive actually boots into DSL (my ultimate rescue tool).
Next step, I don't just trust Windows and Dell diagnostics, so I want to check out the health of the whole machine. I get a 250GB USB2 drive and try to install Windows 7 (to replicate the original environment) - the installer says that Windows cannot be installed on an external drive. Oh well.
I grabbed my Linux install CDs (I downloaded about 10 distros recently) and picked KUBUNTU for no particular reason really.
Wow! It installed in 10 minutes on the External drive. It connected to my Wifi, updated the Nvidia drivers and basically ran very quickly. This is really impressive. I have taken out the internal hard disk and just boot onto my external at the moment. So the laptop is good still.
So, now the question comes (sorry for the long first post!): Occasionally, I am asked to do some .Net consultancy, so I need Visual Studio from time to time. Is there a reliable way to run Visual Studio 2008 on Linux? I am thinking of using VirtualBox and installing either Windows 7 or XP (not sure which has the best performance).
I do not need Windows as the main OS really if I can run a few things in a VM (I am doing a lot of PHP and MySQL now, so Linux can be used for that). I would love to know if anyone has any experience in running VS on a VM in Linux and how well it works!
Thanks (I will try and keep posts a bit shorter in the future!)