Creating a Windows VM Inside Ubuntu

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Thu Nov 5 11:45:05 UTC 2015

> On 2 November 2015 at 12:35, Amichai Rotman <amichai at
> <mailto:amichai at>> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I am a bit stumped:
>> A friend of mine just graduated from Graphics Design school. Of course, all
>> design schools teach Adobe products only (Photosop, InDesing, etc.) - god
>> forbid any Open Source alternatives...
>> Putting *that* discussion aside....
>> A few days ago he came to me and said "I am sick of this POS OS" (referring
>> to Windows  8.1 installed on his super charged Asus laptop). "i'd like you
>> to install Ubuntu on my laptop, but I need to be able to use Adobe and my PC
>> games on it."
>> I tried to install his (legal) Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 by following a
>> tutorial, but all the menus were mangled and distorted and I was afraid he
>> will encounter problems in the future.
>> So I had an idea of installing his Windows as a Headless VM so he can run it
>> only when he needs to work on Adobe or play the games that cannot be
>> installed on Ubuntu. I need your advice:
>> How to do it as painless as possible?
>> Should I use KVM or Virtualbox?

Hi, i am afraid i can't help on the technical level. But my guess is
that multi-boot is the best way to fully honor a PC's hardware
specifications in this scenario.

However, on a human level, if you friend would be interested in working
with graphics using open tools, the studio flavor of Ubuntu is very well
suited. Understandably, the GUI differences are much to learn again. But
the Ubuntu-studio mailing-list is there to help and the community behind
each software distributed is strong.

Best wishes,

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