Has Ubuntu Replaced Windows on Your Box?

Tom Smith tom71713-ubuntu at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 19 15:57:44 UTC 2006

This isn't in response in to any specific post on this thread, just a 
general (dare I say) suggestion. ;-)

If everyone is so dead set on using Linux in lieu of Windows, why not 
just setup Ubuntu and use a virtual machine for another install of 
Ubuntu (for "testing") and an installation of Windows (for those 
non-Linux apps)?

There are many virtual machine solutions out there. Currently available 
are VMware Workstation, Parallels Workstation, and VMware Server--and 
their cost is nominal: $170, $50, and FREE, respectively. I personally 
have used VMware Server and VMware Workstation and currently use both of 
them in production environments. The SOLE purpose for using either of 
them is to run Windows in Linux. I have used Parallels, but with less 
luck--at the time, Parallels had some issues when used via Xvnc. I 
brought the problem to Parallels' attention and they were able to verify 
it and said it would likely be fixed in the next release (that was about 
six months ago)--I haven't tried it since because I started using VMware.

There really is no reason (in my humble opinion) not to be able to use 
Windows in Linux with the exception of Linux hardware compatibility.

Just my two cents. :-D

Avraham Hanadari wrote:

> Dear Daniel,
>> You don't mind that Windows is produced by a convicted monopolist? 
>> Microsoft has been found of anti-competitive practices by 40 US 
>> states, the US federal government, the European Union, Japan and 
>> South Korea.
>> I prefer not to support criminals.
> Please reread my letter. I said XP does everything I want and need. 
> That is true. The reasons for changing, that I alluded to, are 
> doubtless the same as yours. The fact that Linux still seems not to 
> provide certain functions only delays my move. In fact, I have 
> returned to Linux several times over the last several years to see if 
> the functions are present. This is the first time I have found so much 
> to support my activities and encourage my continuing the process. 
> There is still a lot missing, however, as I attempted to indicate, and 
> sometime during the day I will doubtless give up and return to Windows 
> to accomplish some little task.
> There are also some other criminals around who do not merit our 
> support, as well as monopoly capitalists not so clearly branded.
>> I think Impress replaces powerpoint.
> Impress is not bad. I had to return to PPT recently, when I could not 
> dictate the path of a moving graphic farther than the imposed short 
> path. It also does not have the PPS capability, and the "save as 
> Flash" function is rather unsuccessful. I suppose I could learn to do 
> without these functions, but for the present I'm trying to find out if 
> they're available in Linux. Incidentally, I have OO 2.2, in Windows, 
> but only 1.9 something in Ubuntu.
>> Consider getting a new printer. And please complain to the printer 
>> manufacturer for not supporting Linux.
> The printer mentioned is a Canon iP1000. I just read a thread in the 
> Ubuntu Forums about a way to install a driver, although it is very 
> complicated. Certainly, the next printer will be in compliance with 
> Linux standards. And yes, I do complain ... mostly about 
> non-standards-compliant web sites, however. when it's not just plain 
> consumer advocacy.
>> Best,
>> Daniel.
> I haven't yet tried to do it manually, but the non-recognized internal 
> modem is most probably a WinModem. I know there are some drivers 
> around, but that is farther down in my list of priorities.
> Thank you very much for your guidance.
> Avraham

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