What is the best distro for my business manager?

John J. Boyer john.boyer at abilitiessoft.com
Sat Nov 24 10:23:37 UTC 2012

Thanks. How about using Cygwin for the transition? I have that already 
and use it a lot.


On Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 01:22:10AM -0800, marbux wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 12:28 AM, John J. Boyer
> <john.boyer at abilitiessoft.com> wrote:
> > A very interesting discussion. Everyone recommends a virtual machine.
> > What is the problem with dual-boot? That would be the most stable
> > configuration.
> Dual-boot is a maddening configuration because of a permutation of
> Murphy's Law: What you want to do next seemingly always requires
> rebooting the system to access the other OS. So with an inspiration
> for something to do on the other system, you sit there and wait, over
> and over again.
> The huge advantage of VMs is that there is no need to reboot; you have
> instant access to both systems with a keyboard shortcut and can do
> things like sharing the clipboard, devices, etc., because of
> "pass-through" code.  E.g., if I'm in Windows and see some content I
> want to use on Linux I can just clip it in Windows, hit a shortcut,
> and paste it to an app on Mint. And vice versa. Or I can save it to a
> shared partition and open the file on the other system. Shared disk
> drives, shared printers, shared USB devices, on and on, all just a
> keyboard shortcut away. You can even have each system performing tasks
> concurrently and VM software is not limited to running a single VM at
> once.
> VM's aren't inherently unstable but they can't be any more stable than
> the host operating system. Windows instability has been the focus of
> our discussion, not the stability of VMs themselves.
> The major vulnerability of VMs, in my view, is that they require a
> virtual hard drive, which in reality exists as one huge file on the
> host machine. If the host operating system is prone to corrupting
> files, the VM is in danger. Hence our discussion of which OS should be
> running on bare metal and which should be running on the VM.
> Best regards,
> Paul
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John J. Boyer; President, Chief Software Developer
Abilitiessoft, Inc.
Madison, Wisconsin USA
Developing software for people with disabilities

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