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How do i install Linux for a virtual machine to use? I would like to keep Windows as my only "official" OS but be able to run Linux from within ...
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    Cool Using Linux with a virtual machine


    How do i install Linux for a virtual machine to use? I would like to keep Windows as my only "official" OS but be able to run Linux from within the VM.

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    Try VirtualBox, it is quite a popular (free) solution. There is also VMWare, but that is not free (after the trial expires).

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    I agree with atreyu. VirtualBox (from Oracle: www.virtualbox.org) works very well with Windows as a host system. You can run many other operating systems in virtual machines that way, including Linux, DOS, QNX, Solaris, and other versions of Windows. Myself, I use it on my Linux systems and run Windows and the rest as guests under Linux, but it works the other way around as well.
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    @Rubberman, I tried VirtualBox under Linux too, but I ended up going back to KVM/libvirtd. Mainly just b/c the packages are already available in the default repos, though - it worked great performance-wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atreyu View Post
    @Rubberman, I tried VirtualBox under Linux too, but I ended up going back to KVM/libvirtd. Mainly just b/c the packages are already available in the default repos, though - it worked great performance-wise.
    I've considered switching to KVM, but since VBox provides the services I need (including ability to run my USB scanner w/ document feed) I am not in a hurry to change. At least VBox is now open source, which makes me more "friendly" toward it.

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    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
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    cripes! That is a lot...congratulations, Rubberman! I tip my hat in your general direction...

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