View Full Version : Swap between Windows and Ubuntu

September 23rd, 2011, 03:48 AM

Is there a way to install Windows 7 and Ubuntu on a machine and have them both run side by side at the same time and you switch between the environments without rebooting?

September 23rd, 2011, 03:51 AM
Yes, using a Virtual Machine package like VMWare is the most seamless.

September 23rd, 2011, 03:59 AM
VirtualBox is in the Ubuntu software center, but I am not sure if this is what you have in mind.

The way virtual machines work is that you have a regular OS that is the host or master and then you have a second OS that runs within the first one. Overall VM work slower and there are some limitations on what you can do especially in terms of graphics.

Basically, there is no way to have two equal OS running at the same time. One OS has to be the master and the other one a limited slave.

September 23rd, 2011, 11:18 AM
two computers running + kvm switcher so you could swap between them with the one click ;)
but seriously- try virtualization
http://i.imgur.com/Fqtgy.jpg :)

September 23rd, 2011, 01:00 PM
CoLinux (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CoLinux)

Cooperative Linux, abbreviated as coLinux, is software which allows Microsoft Windows and the Linux kernel to run simultaneously in parallel on the same machine.

September 23rd, 2011, 01:15 PM
I will have to give a +1 for Virtualbox... if the host machine has enough oomph and RAM it is awesome!