[ale] Linux install breaking windows?

James Sumners james.sumners at gmail.com
Thu Feb 9 08:32:34 EST 2012

On Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 00:30, mike at trausch.us <mike at trausch.us> wrote:
> On 02/09/2012 12:03 AM, James Sumners wrote:
>>> I actually rather like running it in a VM, but that is also often not
>>> practical; most people's Windows licenses won't allow them to reinstall
>>> it inside of a VM, because OEM licenses are bound to the hardware (that
>>> is, "legally" speaking).
>> I don't really care if it isn't practical. Dual booting is something I
>> do not reccomend _at all_. But if you insist on it, then pony up and get
>> a $40 320GB drive for the second OS. Hell, even a USB thumb drive could
>> be used.
> LOL!
> If you can find one, please, *please*, let me know!  The last time I
> went out to purchase a drive I **WANTED** something like a 320 GB drive
> (hell, even *that* was too big for my application) and the smallest
> thing I could find was a 500 GB for $99, after shopping at three
> different places.
> And there was only one of those left.


>> My actual reccomendation in a case, as I think this is, where someone
>> just wants to dabble with Linux to start learning is to use a VM hosted
>> by their primary OS. VirtualBox is great, and you can install as many
>> distros as you have time and disk space for. Just switch to full screen
>> when you're using the VM so that you're not distracted by the host OS.
> Agreed.
> Now that VirtualBox supports full-screen, multiple-head, 3D accelerated
> display, it is actually virtually transparent and significantly easier
> to use than rebooting over and over again.
> Of course, the wrong type of person would go "nevermind this, it's kinda
> slower than I thought it would be" if they are running in a VM.

That same user is going to be even more annoyed by having to reboot to
use the alternate OS. After a day or two they won't even bother;
they'll just keep using Windows.

James Sumners

"All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts
pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it
is magnetic to the corruptible. Such people have a tendency to become
drunk on violence, a condition to which they are quickly addicted."

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