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  1. #91


    Quote Originally Posted by SmartEyeball View Post
    I'm curious, why so anti-multiboot?

    I've personally always got a minimum of dual boot, usually a triple.

    I've never found it to be a hassle at all

    And unnecessary?

    Often it's very necessary if you like running an OS with all available resources. Virtual machines can only take you so far - if you want the full 'experience' of an OS, you have to go a proper/native install. Linux distros especially.
    I virtualize almost everything. I haven't set up a dual boot in probably 5+ years. The hassle is dealing with bootloaders, etc. Not too mention, if you are new to Linux and are setting up a Linux dualboot, but cannot get the Linux machine onto the internet...you often times have to reboot back into Windows and then Google for the issue. This isn't an issue with a vm.

    As far as how far virtualization can take you...it's pretty darn far. I have over 200 fully virtualized servers in the company that I work for. We are slowly getting rid of each and every physical machine as they are just not useful anymore. VM's are so much more versatile. Can change the hardware, can up the RAM, can easily add hard drive space, can move them to another machine, can Vmotion them off 1 running host to another in the event that you have to upgrade the host, you can storage vMotion them to another SAN in the event that you have to migrate to new storage (all without downtime to customers). Can easily take a snapshot before a software upgrade and rollback if necessary. Can have extra hardware on standby that comes on during heavy load situations and powers up more servers to handle load and then powers them off when not needed. Virtualization is where it is at these days.

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  2. #92


    Posts : 6
    Windows8


    Windows 8 first daily os and Ubuntu second
    Installation of Ubuntu went smoothly no hitch and boot perfectly if I want it, that was a surprise.
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  3. #93


    VMs have come a very long way, and I could not possibly run my choice from among a couple different server OSs, Windows 7, Windows 8, and different Linux distros (Mint is my favorite at the moment) in a multi-boot scenario. Even outside an enterprise environment like the one pparks1 describes, VMware (or Hyper-V or VirtualBox) offers a great platform for testing, development, learning, and instruction.

    Multi-boot lets you run one OS at a time. VMs let you run several of them concurrently on the same hardware - especially pre-release OSs. You can set up admins on a VM and turn them loose without allowing someone admin access to the native OS.
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  4. #94


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    Multi-Boot-PCs W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64


    I think each approach has Pros and Cons.
    My use is for Home PC's.
    I recently tried VM on my Home Test PC and it did not work well to say the least.

    Hardware is 'emulated' or not available, and that didn't work well for me with HTPC as a primary use.
    The overhead of the VM made the system unusable, or so slow i didn't want to use it.
    This is an older AMD dual core with 4GB Ram, but it does work fine for my needs with native OS's.
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  5. #95


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
    I think each approach has Pros and Cons.
    My use is for Home PC's.
    I recently tried VM on my Home Test PC and it did not work well to say the least.

    Hardware is 'emulated' or not available, and that didn't work well for me with HTPC as a primary use.
    Yeah, if you need physical hardware support like video cards and such then VM's aren't ideal.


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
    The overhead of the VM made the system unusable, or so slow i didn't want to use it.
    This is an older AMD dual core with 4GB Ram, but it does work fine for my needs with native OS's.
    Yeah, you need enough horsepower to run 2 concurrent OS's. On Core 2 Duo's and up, there is usually plenty of CPU horsepower so as long as you have enough RAM they usually run pretty well. I run VM's all of the time on my Core 2 Duo E6400 (Which runs at 3.6Ghz) and my Core 2 Quad (Q9550) which runs at 3.4Ghz, each with 8GB of RAM and my VM's are very fast.
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  6. #96


    I run VMware Workstation on a dual-core AMD Athlon 2.8 GHz box with 8 GB of RAM and while the VMs are not going to run at "native" speed they work for what I need them to do. "Bare metal virtualization" (where the hypervisor runs as a standalone OS) can achieve extremely good results.
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  7. #97


    Sydney, AU
    Posts : 27
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by sgage View Post
    After a couple of false starts, I have been using Windows 8 as my main OS for a few days now. Sort of...

    I am booting directly to the Desktop, where I use Classic Shell/Start. It is really quite a nice new Windows this way. I have no use for Metro, with its full screen, near-useless apps. It's probably nice enough on a small touch-screen tablet or something, but I find it absurd in a real desktop situation. And before the fanbois jump down my throat... No, I'm not afraid of change. I explored several of the apps in some depth. Using a standard mouse/keyboard/decent-sized-monitor setup, I found them completely useless.

    But I find the Windows 8 desktop to be fast, stable, and all-around pleasant, and will probably fork over the $40 for the upgrade in October...
    There are some good apps that I use like Weather and Mail.
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  8. #98


    Sydney, AU
    Posts : 27
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by Paul V View Post
    XP for real ???????? go with vista or windows 7 but not xp mate, we have moved on from there, 8 years is about right I think although in computer terms it was like 2 generations ago, the grandfather, or even great grandfather of modern software

    having said that

    Seetec a business in luton got new computers and put xp Prof on it, I did accuse someone of having a back hander as I cant see any other reason why a company would use it, also, the cpu does not have an ( or is a ? ) Sd slot so its pen drive or floppy, I was surprised they didn't have the old 3 quart inch floppy, I have an external one which I keep for sentimental reasons, anyway, there computers are not quite in the ark, but, not far off it
    I would not with Vista over XP, heck I would use Windows 95 rather than Vista. Vista has so many bugs. Business still use XP because they know it works and when they find something that works they stick with it.
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  9. #99


    I have win8 installed on a dual core Vaio as the only OS. Running preview have yet to come up with any kind of problems!

    Installed on a new h/d which apparently formatted drive, but not sure as from start to finish took only 10 minutes which I find staggering...

    Have read and heard so many gripes and moans about win8, that I am baffled by. Too many people are associating win8 with Vista and ME. Why? I don't know of any OS which can come out of sleep mode and be up and running in under 3 seconds.

    I have a lot to say on win8 and will post soon
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  10. #100


    Posts : 51
    Windows 8 pre-release


    Quote Originally Posted by leeingrove View Post
    Have read and heard so many gripes and moans about win8, that I am baffled by. Too many people are associating win8 with Vista and ME. Why? I don't know of any OS which can come out of sleep mode and be up and running in under 3 seconds.

    I have a lot to say on win8 and will post soon
    Win Vista was a revolutionary OS, in its day. IUt introduced many of the security fixtures that are now a part of Windows 7 and 8. It also introduced transactional NTFS 6.0 allowing techies to journalize and measure every part of a filesystem's activity. True, it did take, on average, 16 seconds longer to boot and run apps(that feels like an eternity if you are trying to operate MS Office or other business applications).

    I have to admit liking Vista when it came out and still having an admiration for its new security features and new filesystem. I think it is more helpful to admire the good points in an OS before taking it as all bad.


    With Windows 8, we are seeing more unqualified criticism based on perceived experiences with Vista, Me, 2000 and, of course, XP.
    Life is a journey. Vista was a step in a much longer journey that doesn't even end with Win8.

    You could not get a workstation with Enterprise Linux OS for $40 and certainly not a copy of OS X Mountain Lion. As MS customers, we are very spoiled indeed. In addition to Windows 8 preview, MS also offers preview editions of Office 2012 and Visual Studio. I don't know any other company who would do this for its customers
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