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Hi :)
Virtualisation is good but if it's a question of drivers for a particular piece of hardware then it 
might not work.  It might, but it if the underlaying OS can't see it then i don't see how the 
virtual machine that is sitting on top of that OS is supposed to see it.  

It is possible to use emulators or even better is WINE (stands for "Wine Is Not an Emulator") but 
that is a lot more sophisticated and hence slightly harder to set-up initially for some programs.  

The worst way around is to have a Gnu&Linux in a virtual machine on Windows because then the 
stability of the unix-based systems is sitting on top of the flakiness of Windows so you end-up 
adding the worst of each OS.  A dual-boot means each is directly on bare metal so it gives a fair 
comparison.  Windows inside a virtual machine inside Gnu&Linux sounds like it's going to be ver 
stable too.  

Ubuntu and Puppy and possibly a few others have a magic way of installing inside Windows.  It 
avoids 1 of the layers between bare-metal and the OS because it avoids the virtual machine bit.  
The Ubuntu magic way is called the "Wubi".  Again you are adding the worst of each OS and in 
addition the "drives" are really compressed files but it's fast and easy to install and many people 
keep using such things for years with no problems.  Obviously it's not made by Microsoft and so 
every once in a while someone has troubles with Windows trying to reject it but that is fairly 
rare.  We used to get about 1 question per month that was specifically about the Wubi and solved by 
moving to a dual-boot.   

So, there are tons of different ways of avoiding wiping Windows and that seems to be the best way 
to make the migration much more gentle and less stressful.  Throwing yourself to the lions is the 
fastest way to learn to deal with lions (or die) but there is no real need to create so much 
Regards from
Tom :)   

--- On Tue, 24/7/12, Simon Cropper <> wrote:

From: Simon Cropper <>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Migrating from Windows; take it slow
Date: Tuesday, 24 July, 2012, 11:05

On 24/07/12 19:36, Keith Bainbridge wrote:
On Sun, 22 Jul 2012 13:41:59 -0400 webmaster-Kracked_P_P
<> wrote:
Anyone who really wants to learn how to use Linux as a replacement
for Windows, try dual booting a system if you do not have a spare one
to try Linux with as its only OS.


The other option for the odd trip back to windows is virtualisation.
Mostly, you can tell the system to let windows use a device as if you
had booted into windows


Keith Bainbridge
PO Box 324
BELMONT Vic 3216 Australia
   +61 (0)408 522 706

Visualization also has the added benefit of a shared clipboard and being 
able to work on the same data at the same time (well nearly).

Cheers Simon

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