Just an intro.

Christopher Chaltain chaltain at gmail.com
Sun Mar 24 20:23:49 UTC 2013

Just a note that qemu will use kvm if hardware virtualization is 
available, so you won't get that performance hit with qemu in those cases.

On 03/24/2013 04:50 AM, Tony Baechler wrote:
> First, you'll need an empty partition for Linux.  I'm familiar with
> Debian, but any of them should work.  My dad preferred Ubuntu and had no
> problems. The installer should install a boot loader, GRUB which lets
> you access both Windows and Linux.  I don't use GRUB on my primary MBR
> due to my own choice, but with UEFI, you probably won't have an option.
> As I said, I prefer dual boot because I can switch back and forth as
> needed.  What I have here is as follows:
> sda1: Windows XP
> sda2: 10 GB scratch partition
> sda3: Debian
> sda4: swap
> sda5: extended
> sda6: large NTFS partition
> I have a second drive with a FAT32 partition, so I can easily exchange
> files between both operating systems.  I've learned from experience that
> it makes it much, much easier to have a universal FAT32 or NTFS
> partition which can be read by both.  With the ntfs-3g package, NTFS
> support is very good now and I use it somehwat often.  If you have a big
> drive, FAT32 is very slow and not a good choice.
> For a virtual machine, there are several.  If you want a free option,
> look at VirtualBox, or virtualbox-ose on Debian.  If you don't care if
> it's free as in open source, VMWare is fine.  KVM and Qemu work great on
> Linux, but not in Windows.  KVM only works with the Linux kernel and
> requires hardware virtualization.  Qemu runs in Windows but is very
> slow.  KVM and Qemu are basically the same except that KVM is part of
> the kernel and requires hardware virtualization while Qemu is more
> portable and should run on almost any Unix.  Alternatively, Vinux has a
> prepackaged download with VMWare Player and a live CD image which you
> can run and that might be easier for getting up and running right away.
> I haven't used it, but I looked at it. http://www.vinux-project.org/
> I realize that much of this information is probably brief and unclear,
> so feel free to write off-list.  I do offer a $99 per year support
> package specializing in Linux and Debian, so that might be a good option
> for you. You can sign up by the quarter as well.  Let me know if you're
> interested. Feel free to ask for clarification if something doesn't make
> sense.
> On 3/23/2013 12:56 PM, Dan Rossi wrote:
>> So, what are my real options for putting Windows and Linux on one box?
>> I've
>> already got Windows on the box. What software would I install to then run
>> Linux in a virtual environment? What software would I use to partition
>> the
>> existing disk and then set up for dual boot? Remembering that I am
>> starting
>> with a system with Windows already on it.
>> Thanks.

Christopher (CJ)
chaltain at Gmail

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