[ExI] virtualbox etc.

Eugenio Martínez rolandodegilead at gmail.com
Mon Feb 29 10:26:12 UTC 2016

Also, could be useful if you need to use something in a OS that you don´t
have. Vgr: Once I needed to open a document in a program that didn´t work
in Xp or later OS, so I installed W98 in the Virtual Machine, installed the
program and recovered the info.

Also useful to learn to use Linux if you are a Windows user and you don´t
want to mess with your drives.

Still, I am trying to install in my Pc (that uses Windows 10) a Virtual
Machine able to emulate MacOS 7, 8, etc and I couldn´t find a way.

On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 3:24 AM, Tomasz Rola <rtomek at ceti.pl> wrote:

> On Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 05:34:42PM -0600, William Flynn Wallace wrote:
> > First, this seems inferior:
> >
> > http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2410292,00.asp
> Yes, they talk about Parallels (never used it) and VMware (I have used
> it a lot, but it was still back in 20th century, had no contact with
> software since that time). I guess for the purpose of trying
> alternatives, you can go with whatever you can find out there. I am
> not sure about VMware, I can see they have download section but
> evolved into few product families and I would need more time to
> understand which you should use - most probably something with
> "workstation" in its name.
> Given that we do not know what you will decide, maybe VirtualBox would
> be just good enough to run it for a day or a week.
> > Second, while I have visited Wikipedia and explored several definitions
> of
> > things, I still cannot figure out the damned thing is for.
> You are doing all right. It is remarkable that you look for
> information, good job. As of what the thing is for, it is a way to
> have more than one computer when you only have one, quickly and with
> as low effort as possible.
> In my case, I use it mostly for some quick experimentation. I do not
> like rebooting and I do not like to mess with my partitions on
> disk. Yet, when I want to try some operating system, I would be
> supposed to install it on my computer, right? But, this would require
> that I interrupt what I do, and then some of this stuff is a bit
> experimental and can do something nasty to the computer and I will
> have to clean up, and what I want is just to have a look at it, see if
> it is worth more of my time or not. So, I can spare thirty minutes of
> my time, create such a virtual computer and run this operating system
> in it. While the OS installs, I can read emails or even watch a movie
> or write a program. To do such thing without VM software, I would
> require another computer. But I do not have place for it.
> Nowadays, computers are quite powerful. They could easily pretend to
> be more than one. I could have about twenty 1990-era-equivalent
> virtual PC computers without even noticing much. So I could setup
> small network of virtual computers all inside one bigger computer and
> see how certain things go in such network - for example, this kind of
> setup may be used in security testing. Say, I want to see how virus
> (a.k.a. worm) goes from one computer to another. With real (physical)
> computers, this is going to be tricky and a bit dangerous, because it
> is never 100% guaranteed you can clean up after such experiment. With
> VM, it is all much safer. There might be viruses which could break out
> of such VM and go out into the wild, but otherwise, once the
> experiments are over, all it takes to clean up is deleting such
> machines, and this should be it.
> You do not need to buy twenty computers, then physically run around
> the lab pressing their keyboards - you just make it all going on,
> sitting at your desk, comfortably turning them on when you need them,
> turning them off when you do not.
> Likewise, since I am not sure if I want to upgrade my current Debian
> or go with totally another OS, I can make a VM with copy of my current
> Debian, upgrade it and see if I like it or not. Or I can have a VM
> specifically for certain things, like doing tax reports, once a year,
> with tax program who only works with very specific ten years old
> operating system. But I do not want to use that system at all, I only
> need it once a year. I could thus decide to keep such virtual machine
> stored somewhere on a pendrive, and use it just once a year. Or I
> could have another real computer standing in my room, collecting dust,
> only to be used once a year and not touched otherwise, because if
> something goes wonky I will have to reinstall everything and loose
> time.
> > It runs a virtual copy of an OS, right?  Why?
> No no... it runs a full virtual computer. Because you can do things
> with such computer that you would not want to do with real one,
> without fearing consequences. The OS thinks this is the real
> computer. Thus both you and the OS are very happy, in theory at least.
> > If I downloaded Linux, why not run that straight rather than through
> > Virtual box?  If I run Windows through it will that fix any
> > problems?  See how lost I am?
> If you have a hardware problem, like something overheating and giving
> you BSOD, the problem will stay and haunt you until solved. Otherwise,
> I only suggested to try virtual machine to see if you like Linux or
> not. If you do like it, you could keep using it that way, i.e. inside
> VM or go on and install it on physical computer. And if you do not,
> all you need to do is remove the virtual machine and you are done. I
> think this is very convenient way to try things, especially that
> nowadays one could do quite a lot that way.
> Besides, installing unknown OS on your home computer may not be the
> best idea, because it is easy to screw up and then you would have to
> reinstall Windows and everything you need to use it.
> So I think it is both easier and safer to do it in VM first, even if
> it seems very exotic and alien.
> > Maybe it's hard for you to understand that from what I read about this
> > stuff, I am a total beginner and thus lost.
> But I can see you are trying to find the way, so do not despair.
> --
> Regards,
> Tomasz Rola
> --
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> ** As the answer, master did "rm -rif" on the programmer's home    **
> ** directory. And then the C programmer became enlightened...      **
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