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[REBOL] Re: Rebol & Linux

From: bwilson:ihpva at: 5-Feb-2002 9:26

NO REBOL CONTENT HERE! SORRY If your machine has NT, Win2000. or XP on it, (or Linux,) you should also consider using 'vmware'. It costs about $300. I use the linux version and it saves me from having to own many systems. I have a RH Linux, Win 98, NT Server, and Win 2000 all concurrently installed. At this moment I am running Win2000 to allow me to use Internet Explorer and a separate copy of Linux so that I can simulate having a second Linux server. I use a P III - 450 with 512 MB of RAM and a 40 GB hd. Speed is acceptable; naturally if I did processor intensive things on all three machines at the same time, it would slow down but usually it is not a problem. I run Redhat as the main OS; I tried out the Windows version of Vmware and it worked, but I prefer Linux. I keep an archive backup of the virtual drive for each OS. When I want to test some new thing that will dump files all over the disk and modify the registry, I use a virtual machine and delete the whole machine when I am done. A virtual machine lives in a subdirectory in about 5 files. Reinstalling a new machine consists of running unzip on the archive.
> There is I believe some gotchas too regarding co-existing operating systems. > Assignment of interupts and things.
As far as dual boot goes, I have used a dual boot laptop for years with no problems. But for daily work dual boot is a nuisance. I find I want some feature (like IE) that is not available unless I boot, use that tool, reboot into Linux... etc... if the laptop was new and had more memory I would put Vmware on it too. If your Win machine is older (less than 450 Mhz and say 256 MB RAM) or running 95/98, I would support the idea of a second machine to run Linux, it runs quite nicely on a machine say PII-233 MHz / 128 MB. You can pick those up pretty cheaply. Our local computer thrift store would have a system for around $100 that would work. The Disclaimer: I don't get money from the VMware people though I did review it once. They sent me a review copy of VMware GSX, but I paid list price for my copy of VMware Workstation. GSX is the server edition. Ask me if you want a review. :-) This is the REBOL list! -- Brian Wilson Santa Rosa, California 707-576-7649