Beginner's Guide to Virtualization

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Beginner's Guide to Virtualization

Post by FZ1 » Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:49 pm

Nice article...
Virtual machines can seem juuuuust a bit too geeky for most otherwise computer-friendly people. That's sad, because it's an easy, free way to try or use a separate OS without messing with your hard drive.
What's virtualization? Why get that nerdy?

Virtualization is a whole computer concept unto itself, at least on the server/enterprise/big-fancy-corporate level. For home users, talk about "virtual machines" generally refers to x86 virtualization. Basically, it's software that allows an entire operating system (the "guest") to run on another OS (the "Host"), whether in a container window, or full-screen, or in what's sometimes called a "seamless" mode, where just one application is run from the "guest"

Why would you want to run a virtual machine on your computer? Plenty of reasons:

* You like using one OS, but need just an app or two from another running in their natural environments—Office or Photoshop in Windows (nine times out of 10), a light-on-resources game, or maybe even some uber-cool Linux app.
* You want to try out some new software, but would rather not chance it mucking up the pretty decent system you've got right now.
* Web sites that don't play nice with the operating system you're running (we're looking at you, almost every streaming site except Hulu and YouTube).
* You're intrigued at the idea of trying out a Linux desktop, but the word "partitioning" doesn't sound like how you want to spend a Saturday afternoon.
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Re: Beginner's Guide to Virtualization

Post by KnightRid » Sat Apr 11, 2009 5:06 am

VERY nice article! Thanx FZ1

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Re: Beginner's Guide to Virtualization

Post by Alathald » Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:40 pm

Been using virtualbox for awhile, great piece of software that's really easy to use. To bad it can only virtualize a 32bit OS...
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Re: Beginner's Guide to Virtualization

Post by hnzw_rui » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:27 am

Interesting. Didn't know VirtualBox had a Windows port. I'll have to try it. I've been using Microsoft VirtualPC 2007 for my virtualization needs. Tried VMWare Player but video (even YouTube) just wasn't watchable in the virtual machine and I didn't want to pony up for VMWare Workstation.

*sigh* I really should start building that virtualization box so I can have more RAM.
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