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Trying out Linux — 3 Comments

  1. interesting!
    most distros will give the first two options, but I was not aware that any offered the third.
    of course, I think it’s strange that anyone would want to have Linux running as a VM inside Windows… I have a few VMs running Windows and Mac inside Linux, but purely for website testing, but running Linux inside Windows seems a bit weird.
    The way I would do this is to first get a copy of Partition Magic, and make some space on the hard drive, then use that space to install Linux.
    I’m commenting on a laptop which is partitioned with Windows XP and Fedora 13. The Fedora OS has some VMs on it – Windows 7, Windows XP, and Mac OSX (a tricky one).

  2. Kae – My problem is that the machine was sold with a Restore partition and no disks.  As a result, I can re-install Windows any time as the base system, but couldn’t install it in a VM.  I am stuck with that configuration.

    Welcome Andrew.  I had a quick look at that link, and it appears to do exactly the same thing.  It effectively creates a VM on the base system, but is different from a normal VM in that when you boot into it, it runs as a native system with access to full memory and all the hardware.  Nice!

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