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Theory5
May 29th, 2009, 03:05 PM
I heard that there was a way to duel boot ubuntu and another operating system in a way that they both run at the same time. Is this true? How does this work and how can I do it?

eldragon
May 29th, 2009, 03:06 PM
virtualbox

ELD
May 29th, 2009, 03:07 PM
It is called virtualization, there are advantages and disadvantages to it.

Theory5
May 29th, 2009, 03:08 PM
I heard that ubuntu can do it itself, work as a base for another operating system.

ELD
May 29th, 2009, 03:11 PM
I heard that ubuntu can do it itself, work as a base for another operating system.

Well as far as i know you heard wrong, ubuntu is an operating system built upon the linux kernel.

decoherence
May 29th, 2009, 03:12 PM
I heard that ubuntu can do it itself, work as a base for another operating system.

Perhaps you're referring to KVM, which is included in the Linux kernel. There are many different options for doing virtualization on Ubuntu. VirtualBox is much easier to work with, at this stage, and is very easy to install on Ubuntu (just check Add/Remove... under the Applications menu)

I currently run Windows XP under Ubuntu using VirtualBox so that I can use the Windows version of GroupWise at work. Works great!

Theory5
May 29th, 2009, 03:12 PM
okay, so virtualization. what is that and how do I use it? What are its advantages and disadvatages?

Theory5
May 29th, 2009, 03:13 PM
That is correct. VirtualBox is one such solution. Or perhaps you're referring to KVM, which is included in the Linux kernel. There are many different options for doing virtualization on Ubuntu.

I currently run Windows XP under Ubuntu using VirtualBox so that I can use the Windows version of GroupWise at work. Works great!

stop posting after I write a post! lol :p
KVM? How does that work?

Irishe
May 29th, 2009, 03:19 PM
i recommend VirutalBox, Like ubuntu, it is Also free and can be found here (http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads)!
make sure to read about it first, it can make it much easier should you run into
problems.

Good Luck.

perixx
May 30th, 2009, 05:18 PM
Hello!

If it's just down to running some not-too-demanding Windows desktop applications (preferably no top-notch games), you might try Wine, to run those apps directly under Linux (preferably if you have a Nvidia graphics card with latest binary drivers - due to bad OpenGL implementation in Ati's binary drivers):
http://wiki.winehq.org/FAQ#head-72731b215bbd1ce36e3b84ac7ce114925ce16460

Other from that, you might just do it the other way round and install Linux under Windows, with the WUBI-installer (a way of dual-booting on a single NTFS-partition):
http://wubi-installer.org/

Yet another possibility might be Cooperative Linux, which can run a native Linux kernel right within Windows, without virtual emulation (haven't tried this myself, though):
http://www.colinux.org/

greetings,


perixx


EDIT: KVM looks interesting!