XP inside 10.04
blchupin at iinet.net.au
Fri Jul 30 14:07:27 UTC 2010
On 30/07/2010 22:33, Bob Hickey wrote:
> I need XP for my Kodak printer and Canon camera, but XP doesn't play
> well with others. I read there's a way to install XP inside my 10.04
> and possibly gain some reliability. Anybody know how? Thanx a lot; Bob H.
Yes, one can install XP within a linux distro using something like
virtualbox - inbuilt into, say, Ubuntu - or the commercial VMWare; and
you can also run some Windows programs using 'wine' in a linux distro.
However, and here I am stating something based on what the facilities I
knew about a few ago: whatever apps you use for Windows to run inside a
linux distro depend very much on whether the linux distro has the
drivers to be able to run the hardware aimed at Windows or not. For
example, if the Kodak printer cannot be run by a linux distro to begin
with then running it using something like Virtual Box within a linux
distro will not solve your problem.
What you need to do is to find out whether there is a driver for the
Kodak printer available for linux; if there is then you really don't
need XP to use that Kodak printer - Ubuntu will use that printer for
what you want.
Canon camera? As far as I know, Ubuntu will handle any camera; digikam
for example will handle - as far as I know - all cameras, but check for
On the other hand, other Canon devices like scanners, printers are NOT
linux friendly (Canon will not provide the drivers nor provide the info
for people to write drivers for linux.) There ARE some Canon devices
which will work under linux (see the SANE project site for examples).
While I was using Windows XP years ago I had Canon gear. I gave it all
away because it was not linux friendly and now have HP or Epson which
are linux friendly.
Having stated the above, you can always set yourself up to dual-boot:
have XP installed and Ubuntu as well - and boot into XP when you feel
that you absolutely need to because the piece of hardware you have
requires XP. And use ubuntu for everything else to give you peace of mind...
If nothing happens, nothing can go wrong.
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