OpinionVirtualBox is awesome
      – BorgClown, 2009-05-09 at 09:20:14   (24 comments)

On 2009-05-09 at 09:24:14, BorgClown wrote...
It blows my socks how much it has improved, now I can run a perfectly seamless Windows XP virtual machine inside Linux, complete with sound and 3D acceleration, and pretty snappy. I'll try a few games to see how well the 3D acceleration behaves. So far it runs heavy demo scenes without troubles.
On 2009-05-09 at 15:57:13, Lee J Haywood wrote...
You'd have to tell us more about it. Where do you get the Windows XP installation from? Does it need to be activated? How long does it take to get running?
On 2009-05-09 at 20:00:45, Thelevellers wrote...
Sounds good?! Last I tried a virtual machine I messed up the setup... I really need to stop being a failed geek and learn some shit ;-)
On 2009-05-09 at 23:01:53, BorgClown wrote...
Installing VirtualBox in Ubuntu is ridiculously easy: 1) Install the VirtualBox package 2) Use the GUI to create a new virtual disk image and type of virtual machine 3) Boot it from CD-ROM (can be an ISO image or the physical device) 4) When the guest is installed, the Guest Additions can be installed from the menu for seamless integration, and WineD3D can be installed from the same menu for 3D acceleration.
On 2009-05-09 at 23:02:34, BorgClown wrote...
Looks lengthy, but everything's made point-and-click by the GUI.
On 2009-05-09 at 23:22:45, BorgClown wrote...
I suppose the installation in Windows is just as easy.
On 2009-05-10 at 08:47:46, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: And activation? Licensing?
On 2009-05-10 at 22:53:26, BorgClown wrote...
No, it's free software, backed by Sun. I hope Oracle continues supporting them. http://www.virtualbox.org
On 2009-05-11 at 08:15:44, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I was talking about the MS Windows installation, silly.
On 2009-05-12 at 01:44:52, BorgClown wrote...
Of course it needs activation and a valid license. And lots and lots of updates depending how old is your installation CD. I guess you could run it without networking, and use a "recovered" license key.
On 2009-05-13 at 08:31:43, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Right - it'd be nice to be able to run the existing installation that exists on my other/primary drive. I generally think it's better to just not bother than waste time trying to run an OS that I don't want to use in the first place. I have to reboot into it to test stuff now and then, but generally it's not worth having.
On 2009-05-14 at 03:54:31, BorgClown wrote...
I doubt it can be done. Virtual hardware is too different, Windows doesn't like when the hardware changes.
On 2009-05-14 at 03:54:50, BorgClown wrote...
It might even require you to reactivate it.
On 2009-05-14 at 07:09:10, Baslisks wrote...
Cough cough tiny xp! cough cough
On 2009-05-14 at 15:23:48, Thelevellers wrote...
?
On 2009-05-14 at 21:15:03, Baslisks wrote...
not so legit version of xp but better suited for modern computers.
On 2009-05-16 at 03:27:53, BorgClown wrote...
@Baslisks: You're right, I forgot about Tiny XP! I heard about it once and thought it was interesting, but didn't try it because I don't need illegal borgware when so many flavors of Unix are free and libre.
On 2009-05-16 at 10:14:05, Thelevellers wrote...
*giggles* I do always get a silly thought along the lines of 'Mmmm, tasty Linux' whenever I use, or someone else uses the term 'flavour'... Heheheh... P.S. Thanks to all this Linux chat I am making a go of getting a decent media player sorted so I can ditch Windows again! :) Oh, and maybe sort WINE out so I can maybe play some games... :)
On 2009-05-16 at 10:14:47, Thelevellers wrote...
Lol, or of course, virtualbox... :)
On 2009-05-17 at 20:38:02, Baslisks wrote...
I do like win 7....
On 2009-05-18 at 02:15:08, BorgClown wrote...
When Windows for Workgroups came out, it was a very good improvement, and when Windows 95 came out, it was an awesome improvement. Windows 2000 was a good improvement also. But since then, Microsoft started to focus on corralling the market instead of doing better products. I sincerely hope Windows 7 is a turn to the basics that made MS great, but somehow I doubt it. Haven't tried it though.
On 2009-05-18 at 14:54:18, Baslisks wrote...
Its awesome. It really is, go get the release candidate. Do it!
On 2009-05-19 at 02:20:07, BorgClown wrote...
Oh, maaaan *drags feet* maybe I'll try it under VirtualBox.
On 2009-05-19 at 14:31:43, Thelevellers wrote...
I think i'm gonna have to wait and see, I don't have any spare disk space atm, and zero money to buy more, humph. That said when I do get some money I am planning a new computer build, so I'll prob go 64-bit properly and see if 7 is as good with that as I've heard... :)