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    Alternatives to Dual-boot?

    Hi,

    I'm a web designer and currently I dual boot Gutsy and XP.

    I hate having to boot up WIndows - I only do it to check my designs in IE and when I need to do a lot in Photoshop CS2. (I'm actually running CS2 in Ubuntu under Wine - but it's a bit crippled and gets frustrating for anything more than a quick tweak.)

    I've heard about VMware, Virtualbox and so on, but I don't really understand how it works.

    Right now, I have to restart my computer to load up WIndows. How does this differ to having Windows installed 'virtually'? Is it easy to open up a Windows program while using Ubuntu?

    How much space does a 'virtual' installation take up? My laptop drive is only 30GB.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Alternatives to Dual-boot?

    Well, over the weekend I installed both VirtualBox and XP Home on my Feisty setup and it works like a champ. All my "needed" windows applications (mindmanager, some accounting software, gps software, voice dictation and paper filing management) seem to work with 0 problems. IE works fine for those things that only work under IE.

    And if you ann the Compiz-Fusion interface... well... it's just awesome.

    Only thing that appears to still require dual boot is those apps which take advantage of 3D functionality (gaming, perhaps some CAD apps, etc.)

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    Re: Alternatives to Dual-boot?

    Well i`m certainly no web designer but VirtualBox sure made those Virtual machines nice & easy for the complete pc noob i was at the time i first tried it....still am in fact

    It sure beats that dualbooting lark though....as long as it`s not for games & such as mentioned of course.
    Great for trying out other OS`s without worrying about partitioning & rebooting and if you also run compiz ..then Windows is just around the corner
    http://ubuntuclips.org/videos/4

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    Re: Alternatives to Dual-boot?

    Quote Originally Posted by xpod View Post
    Well i`m certainly no web designer but VirtualBox sure made those Virtual machines nice & easy for the complete pc noob i was at the time i first tried it....still am in fact

    It sure beats that dualbooting lark though....as long as it`s not for games & such as mentioned of course.
    Great for trying out other OS`s without worrying about partitioning & rebooting and if you also run compiz ..then Windows is just around the corner
    Do you have a video of virtualbox? I noticed your sig.

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    Re: Alternatives to Dual-boot?

    Oh - so its like this - http://youtube.com/watch?v=lA52Y7I2hCE

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    Re: Alternatives to Dual-boot?

    mindmanager? You should have a look at freemind! http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki....php/Main_Page
    repartitioning your installation / forever noob / Desktop on Debian Lenny / IBM T41 purring along on bog Kubuntu

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    Re: Alternatives to Dual-boot?

    Cool. I don't need gaming, so it sounds good. I miss mindmanager...

    How go you use XP in virtualbox? How do you open programs? I should check Youtube - maybe someone has a video of it.

    Any good HOWTO's you followed?

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    Re: Alternatives to Dual-boot?

    Check my signature for a demo and complete how-to install and configure virtualbox.

    Here, Virtualbox runs photoshop CS3 perfectly (as well as dreamweaver and Sony vegas I might add). Speed is a bit slower than native, but perfectly acceptable, especially for web stuff.

    BTW, I didnt even know photoshop ran under Wine, I thought it didnt?

    Edit: as for diskspace, it will not take up more space than dual boot. in fact, it will take less. Virtualbox itselve is neglectable (20Mb or so), the virtual harddisk you create for windows can be as big or small as you like. The cool thing however, is that you can assign a (virtual) large drive to your virtual windows, and it won't take up any space as long as its not used. Empty space on the virtual harddisk takes up no space on your actual harddisk. So right now you have to weigh how much diskspace to assign to each partition / OS, when you virtualize, you no longer have that problem.

    Anyway, you probably want to test first before ditching your dual boot. For that you will need a gigabyte or so to setup the virtual windows. once you decide you like it, you can remove the actual windows partition and reclaim that space.
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    Re: Alternatives to Dual-boot?

    Wow, thanks.

    RE: Freemind. I got started with mind maps with Freemind, but last time I looked, it wasn't really comparable with mindmanager. But I'll take another look, for sure.

    RE: Photoshop and Wine - PS7 is supported, anything newer is crippled one way or another - I hacked, hacked, and hacked and used Crossover Linux to get CS2 kind of working. And it's just plain ugly.

    RE: Diskspace - now, that is good news. I had no idea it worked like that. Very cool.

    So, seriously, all I need is one gig to try it out? I thought XP normally needed 3 or 4 gig just for a basic install.

    What about memory? I have 1 gig of ram - is that enough?

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    Re: Alternatives to Dual-boot?

    Don't quote me on the 1 Gigabyte diskspace, but I think its somewhere around that. No more than 2 for sure. Of course, you can create a larger virtual disk so XP doesnt feel too cramped, but it won't take more than 1 or 2 GB actual diskspace.

    As for RAM; well, 1GB will work, good enough for testing, but maybe not very comfortable. You'll want to give the virtual XP machine around 500Mb to work somewhat decently with photoshop, leaving you not that much for ubuntu. It could work, especially if you only work with relatively small bitmaps, but it would be tight IMO.

    Only one way to find out though: try it

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