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Busy installing a Virtual Machine

I did not spend too much today at Persona Paper since I have been working most of the day on a new project. Installing
Virtual Box , a Virtual Machine (VM) software from Oracle .

For those of you not familiar with VMs, a Virtual Machine is a software application that allows to emulate the functionality of a real computer, without the need for additional hardware. In other words, a VM is a computer within another computer.

For example in computer running Windows 7 , by using VirtualBox I can then emulate a computer running Windows 8 , or MacOs or Linux .

In my personal case I want to be able to test several Linux implementations, in order to become more proficient with some of the newer flavors of this Operating System. Instead of using a real computer (or Hard Disk for that matter) to do all this testing, I can take advantage of VirtualBox functionalities and use it as a test computer within my current laptop. Neat isn't?

In the end, my experiment is not going as fast and smoothly as I wanted and I have spent hours trying to get my VM working properly. Will continue tomorrow.

Are you familiar with Virtual Machines? Do you use several computers?

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LoudMan wrote on September 18, 2014, 12:07 AM

This sounds intriguing, to say the least. Keep us posted on how it's working for you. I want to learn more.

MegL wrote on September 18, 2014, 4:24 AM

I know what a virtual machine is but I don't have any, though I used to use an emulator to play "old" games, but never thought they worked very well, but that was a long time ago. I have a PC, a laptop (both Windows) and a Tablet (Android) and access to my son's computer (Windows). I set up the network to run them all off the same internet connection and my printer is wireless, so have added that in, which is useful for my son as his printer has run out of ink (again!).

tinamarie wrote on September 18, 2014, 11:58 AM

This is above my pay grade :) but very interesting! Keep us posted.

BarbRad wrote on September 30, 2014, 3:25 AM

I was using a virtual machine on my iMac to run Windows 7. i discovered it was hogging too many resources and when I got my new iMac I decided to skip installing the Virtual Machine with Windows and run the software that required the Windows programs on my laptop that I could move from place to place. This presents its own problems since my printer isn't a wireless one and I have to keep changing where it is plugged in. My desk gets pretty crowded using two machines, too. There are advantages and disadvantages both ways.

Scorpie wrote on October 2, 2014, 11:49 AM

We have a ton of actual computers but I don't have any one computer good enough to run anything too taxing.

Scorpie wrote on October 2, 2014, 11:50 AM

I just love that phrase. I should use it more.

Kasman wrote on October 2, 2014, 12:03 PM

I have heard of virtual machines but have never found a need for one. I am, however, in the throes of working out what I will need to run a Raspberry Pi as a bitcoin mining rig.

seren3 wrote on November 16, 2014, 10:04 AM

I have a VM in my laptop and we use one at work for security purposes. Trouble is our tech guy left town and it's really hard finding someone to help us upgrade etc.

nbaquero wrote on November 17, 2014, 10:52 AM

Seren3 I see, those are not really that user/admin friendly, you need someone with the right knowledge.

I found out my computer is not powerful enough to run even the lighter versions of Linux on a VM, so I had put that project aside for a while.

scheng1 wrote on December 10, 2014, 6:39 AM

It sounds very confusing to me. I rather not mess with any software.

nbaquero wrote on December 10, 2014, 11:05 AM

scheng1 The concept of Virtual Machine is not that difficult to grasp, what is a little confusing is the actual implementation of the VM.