Virtualization software for linux..

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Hello

I'm currently running linux (OpenSUSE) and I'm wondering about something...I want to run Windows (Yes, a legit copy...thing cost me $345...) but I want to virtualize it on my Linux distro. Does anybody know of a good app that will get the job done for me?

Thanks..
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If you want to run Windows inside of Linux you can use VMWare.

You can also dual boot both OS's without any other software.
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There's a few choices (or more) in the Linux world. I've been using VMware Player since it's free, but the problem with that is it only loads VMs already created. You need VMware Workstation ($189 :() or Server (free) to create the VMs and to edit the hardware settings. There's also Parallels ($50) and VirtualBox (free) and some other open source apps, but I think most people will agree that VMware is king (in Linux/Windows, anyway).

Like Tom said, you can also dual-boot. I've been juggling between doing both, dual-boot & VM. As cool as VMs are, I just can't ditch running a true Windows entirely as there's definitely a hit in performance having two OSes sharing resources and the emulated hardware/drivers turning a good Geforce into a wimpy SVGA card. As far as I know, Mac's the only OS that has 3D hardware supported in their virtualization software so far (Parallels & VMware Fusion).

I might give VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org/) another try. They've had a lot of updates since I checked it out and I read Sun Microsystems is going to acquire the company. I just hope it stays free.
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My main OS is Kubuntu.
I have been using Linux for a couple of years now and have used
VirtualBox for quite a while now with very few problems.

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Hello ,
Thanks mike for the reply. I am also planning to use virtual box. Could you please provide me more details of it.
Thanks in advance.
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Hello there,

Thanks for the reply Tom. I had done that dual boo with both the OS and found disappointed. I had heard about Vmware.i dont have a clear vision of it. Please provide me more details.

Thanks in advance,
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What kinda details are you looking for? There's a couple .RPMs for OpenSuse, depending on which version you have (10.2/10.3).
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

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