6 Replies - 1212 Views - Last Post: 22 November 2012 - 06:13 AM
Posted 05 January 2012 - 06:12 PM
I love linux but I have a lot if need for windows also. I'm looking to purchase a new laptop soon and was debating dual boot but I'm curious about virtualization. I find I use both equally.
Should I run windows as my virtual or linux??
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 06:16 PM
You'll need to choose your primary OS because with virtualization you must allocate memory to both of your OSes, so you'd be splitting your resources. This means you can't perform as many CPU-intensive tasks on either OS because their resources are shared.
Posted 06 January 2012 - 11:12 AM
My second option is just get a nice laptop with Linux and keep my desktop with Windows 7. Then use LogMeIn or something similar to work back and forth.
Posted 06 January 2012 - 11:58 AM
Ah, what? Since when?
Assuming the virtual os is actually running. I use virtualbox and have: a win2k3 server, three XP home, and mint all running in active instances on a windows 7 box with about 7gb of ram. Sure not the best experience but it does the trick.
So the trick is to remember that if you use something like virtualbox it functions just like any
normal app - if it's running it takes up resources. Just know how to set up the instances to use some bare specs and you are good.
Posted 09 January 2012 - 01:16 AM
By going this route you circumvent the need for a complete reboot to access the other OS, something that takes way too much time. The other issue is that Windows won't read a Linux file system, which can be a serious pain for sharing files.
Really though, it depends on the amount of RAM you have. I wouldn't dare run virtuals in any less than 4gB of RAM. It's possible, yes, but the amount of lag you'll get can seriously hamper productivity (especially in Win/other mixes.)
Posted 13 January 2012 - 10:14 AM
Posted 22 November 2012 - 06:13 AM