As the title says “No More Dual Boot for Me”. You are probably wondering what I mean by that. Well I was tired of having problems with Dual booting my Main computer with Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux. as well as a few other flavors of Linux and BSD. Guess I could of said Multi Booting. Not only was it a hassel to shut down the computer and reboot into a different OS only to find I needed something from one of the other OS’s on the computer. The straw to break the camels back so to speak,
was when I installed Ubuntu’s latest Natty 11.04 and the #%^^8 Unity desktop. I like Gnome and I don’t like some of the latest change and that includes Obama and his Motley Crew. But that is another story. I had problems with the installation and almost lost some valuable information stored on my hard drive. What to do? I almost gave up on dual booting anymore, and even installed Suse which I used from their very first versions untill 10.1 at which time I switched to Ubuntu. Well I have Hard Drive Racks and several hard drives so I could always just keep one drive for Windows 7 and use the other drives for whatever other OS I wanted to play with, but I would be faced with the same problem of having to shut down and swap drives and reboot only to find I needed something off of another drive. I could use WUBI, but that would not solve the problem of BSD, Vector, Suse and any other OS I wanted to play with.
Then Out of the blue it hit me, why not try a virtual machine. I had tried several different ones in the past and all of them were lacking. I thought maybe they have improved in the last couple of years. So I tried Oracle’s Vertual Box. I wiped all of the partitions off of my hard drive except for Windows 7 and a storage partition. and created a big 200 Gigabyte Partition for Virtual Box and several vertual partitions within it. Alas Problem solved. It is working great and I can switch to different OS’s without having to reboot. My computer is a pretty powerful one with 4 giga bytes of Ram so the slow down is really not that noticable when I am in 2 OS’s at the same time. Yes Virtual Machine is the way for me to go. On a lesser machine with minimal ram, it would probably be to slow for most and not work very well. But with ram being cheap it is a good way to go to keep from having the hassel of dual booting. It is not for everyone, but it works for me. I just discovered another cool Virtual machine called FAU. Guess I will have to check it out.
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