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    Why I don't use virtual machines

    I always do real installation of distros I wan to try and trust me its like I want to try them all

    but I dont use VirtualBox coz vdpau doesn't work. Playing videos is a must for me.

    So, when you use VirtualBox you don't play videos ? What kind of usage do you do with the

    virtual machines?

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    Re: Why I don't use virtual machines

    Computers are not TVs. You can do a lot of things on them besides watching videos (not to mention that you can watch videos without VDPAU).

    Personally, I use them to play Solitaire.
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    Lightbulb Re: Why I don't use virtual machines

    Quote Originally Posted by Bachstelze View Post
    Computers are not TVs. You can do a lot of things on them besides watching videos (not to mention that you can watch videos without VDPAU).

    Personally, I use them to play Solitaire.
    I use this PC as a HTPC. I have purchased a 22" LCD & a TV tuner box. I deliberately haven't purchased a TV. Computers are often used as HTPCs these days. Don't you agree?

    Without vdpau HD playback demands 100% CPU.
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    Re: Why I don't use virtual machines

    Quote Originally Posted by linuxyogi View Post
    I use this PC as a HTPC. I have purchased a 22" LCD & a TV tuner box. I deliberately haven't purchased a TV. Computers are often used as HTPCs these days. Don't you agree?
    Maybe. I must admit I am not very knowledgeable about the latest trends in PC use. But why would you want to use a VM for that, anyway? That's not what they are for. Solitaire, on the other hand...
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    Re: Why I don't use virtual machines

    Quote Originally Posted by Bachstelze View Post
    Maybe. I must admit I am not very knowledgeable about the latest trends in PC use. But why would you want to use a VM for that, anyway? That's not what they are for. Solitaire, on the other hand...
    Its just that if vdpau worked I would have installed a dozen distros.
    Solitaire is awesome.
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    Re: Why I don't use virtual machines

    Multiboot?

    Some of us use virtualization extensively... But some of us don't use the virtual machines for video.

    You and I may use our machines for entirely different purposes. For me, a computer is a tool. If I want to watch a video, I slap a dvd in the drive and sit on the couch with the wife for 90 minutes. I don't see any good reason for having an HTPC with 500 movies on a hard drive.

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    Re: Why I don't use virtual machines

    Quote Originally Posted by linuxyogi View Post
    I deliberately haven't purchased a TV. Computers are often used as HTPCs these days. Don't you agree?
    Yes, but as Bachstelze said computers are used for more than video playback. I use vbox for testing out distros, but HD video playback is not one of my tests, as I never have issues with that from distro to distro. If I also want to try out a new application I will try it in a VM before installing it on my main rig.

    I am also a software developer, so testing application deployment in vbox is very useful.
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    Re: Why I don't use virtual machines

    Yeah, I don't get the focus on video particularly. My computer is my only DVD player, television, etc., but I don't know why I'd be watching videos through a VM when the host is perfectly capable. I have to admit I find it odd when non-developers who don't need specific environments still have a number of virtual machines at hand - I really don't see the appeal. But that's a different question, I suppose, if you're already interested in "trying them all." = )

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    Re: Why I don't use virtual machines

    Isn't the idea behind having a HTPC, to have a stable platform to watch videos, listen do music, and do other media related tasks?

    By not purchasing a TV, you are limiting yourself to watching videos on a small screen. All LCD/Plasma/LED Tv's include a VGA connector, as well as multiple HDMI connectors. There is no reason not to use a TV as a video monitor.

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    Re: Why I don't use virtual machines

    Makes a great test box for me, nothing more.

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