Ubuntu 8.4 problem

Chris Mohler cr33dog at gmail.com
Thu Jan 29 22:28:18 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 4:17 PM, Karl Larsen <klarsen1 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Karl,
>> I use virtualbox every day.  Not every other day, not once in a while
>> - every day.  It's absolutely painless to set up, and I run many
>> high-end graphics programs - while running Ubuntu at the *same time*.
>> It even works well with multiple monitors - so I am typing this in
>> Ubuntu while the other monitor displays Illustrator inside an XP VM.
>> I've dual (and triple, quadruple) booted systems for years, and it's
>> certainly my opinion that wine (or a VM if wine does not work) is
>> easier to set up, and *much* easier to use long-term than a dual-boot
>> system.
>> Now if Linda responds with what software she wants to use to do the
>> embroidery editing, we can give her more informed advice as to the
>> easiest solution to her problem ;)
>> Chris
>    I agree. I went to the Wine home page and they say today Wine is
> still experimental and not recommended for general use.
>    I have zero experience with virtualbox but remember a thousand
> messages about trouble getting them to work as well. Don't you need to
> have a Windows partition loaded to use this?

Some programs work better than others in WINE.  Some apps work good
enough to use, many do not.  If the app is simple and it works, then
WINE is still the easiest thing to try.

As for virtualbox - it's really quite easy these days.  I gave Linda a
how-to in another thread - you might check it out.  Unless you watch a
lot of multimedia websites in XP, it works very well.   RAM and CPU
speed are concerns, also some CPUs are better suited to running a
virtual machine than others - but definitely worth at least trying it
out if you have some "must have" windows programs that can't be
installed or replaced in Ubuntu..


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