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Linux along with Windows booted from USB Stick (Co-existence of Linux& Windows)

Discussion in 'Embedded' started by karthikbalaguru, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. karthikbalaguru

    David Brown Guest

    It all depends on your needs.

    For general use, I'd recommend Virtual Box. It's easy to install and
    use, cross-platform, pretty fast for most uses, has reasonably
    successful support for USB devices, and has useful guest drivers and
    additions. It is very close to "free" - most of it is available open
    source, and the even the closed-source bits are free cost.

    If you are using a Linux host, kvm is it the other main choice. It
    takes a bit more work (such as reading how-tos) to use it, but it is
    solid and flexible. It is a good choice for more serious work on a
    Linux host.

    QEMU is the choice if you are emulating different processors.

    Free versions of VMWare are a good choice if you need compatibility with
    existing VMWare virtual machines - otherwise you are better off with
    Virtual Box (the paid-for versions of WMWare have other features that
    might make them worth the cost).

    For DOS emulation, use DOSBOX.

    And for multiple linux virtual servers on a linux host, something like
    openvz is often a better choice, being so lightweight.

    So in summary, choose Virtual Box unless you have more specialist needs.
    David Brown, Jan 8, 2010
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  2. I have not tried wubi :-(

    If i use Wubi, should i need to
    restart windows whenever i
    want to enter into Linux ?

    I did some searches in internet,
    and got the below info -
    'Ubuntu is installed within a file
    in the Windows file system
    (c:\ubuntu\disks\root.disk), as
    opposed to being installed
    within its own partition. This file
    is seen by Linux as a real hard disk. '

    The above lines seem to convey
    that windows and linux co-exist
    because Ubuntu is installed within
    a file in the Windows File system.

    The above seem to convey that
    linux can be run just like any
    other application in windows by
    just clicking over the shortcut in
    windows . Do they co-exist ?

    But, I came across the below line
    that states that 'Wubi adds an
    entry to the Windows boot menu
    which allows the user to run Linux'.

    So, should i need to restart evertime
    to enter into linux ? Any ideas ?

    Thx in advans,
    Karthik Balaguru
    karthikbalaguru, Jan 23, 2010
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  3. Okay, i got some good links -

    So, it seems that i need to reboot
    to switch to linux :-( :-(

    Wubi is a program that that allows
    you to install Ubuntu as a dual-boot
    by installing it as a huge file inside
    of Windows and then modifying the
    Windows boot loader to add an
    entry for Ubuntu.

    Wubi allows you to install and uninstall
    Ubuntu as any other application. If you
    heard about Linux and Ubuntu, if you
    wanted to try them without the fear
    of losing windows or data or partioning,
    then wubi seems to be the right choice.

    It does not provide co-existence
    of Windows and Linux at the same
    time :-(

    Karthik Balaguru
    karthikbalaguru, Jan 23, 2010
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