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Virtual machine

On 12/01/2010 04:55 PM, aldo albanese wrote:
> Not sure if this is the right audience but you have been knowledgeable =
> other stuff as well.
> I have been using VM Oracle VirtualBox.  I heard other people using Mic=
> Virtual Machine desktop.  I was wondering which virtual desktop you lik=
e best=20
> and why.  The main OS is Windows 7.=20
In my experience, VirtualBox is excellent to use for both Windows hosts
as well as Linux hosts. I have not used Microsoft Virtual Machine
Desktop, but in my experience I would prefer using either VirtualBox
(that can run on Linux and Mac hosts as well as Windows), and supports
Linux VMs very nicely. My company use VMWare Workstation as its Windows
hosted VM.

> On a different note, I know I already mentioned before but I could not =
find a=20
> definitive answer on this post or other Goggle searches on why after in=
> Ubuntu 10.10, I  could see Windows XP but after updating it, Windows XP=
 is not=20
> showing up anymore.  Since I'm new to Linux, I was wondering if you kno=
w how to=20
> change it to to add Windows XP back.
In general, if you installed Ubuntu 10.10 to dual boot with Windows, you
should see both Ubuntu and Windows in a menu during boot. I'm not 100%
sure what the timeout is, but it used to be 8 seconds. I think that any
keystroke should bring up the grub menu. However, you may have installed
it to use the entire disk. If you run the command from a terminal
window, 'sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda', you should see a listing like the one
below. The important thing is that there should be at least 1 NTFS
primary (sda1,2,3,4) partition. In this case, I installed Ubuntu on a
Windows 7 drive. Both boot fine. If you only see the Linux and Linux
swap partitions, then you may have wiped out your Windows XP partition.

gaf at gaf-netbook:~$ sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units =3D cylinders of 16065 * 512 =3D 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x33546dab

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1        1567    12586896   27  Unknown
/dev/sda2   *        1568        1580      104422+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3            1581       11308    78133699    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4           11308       19458    65464321    5  Extended
/dev/sda5           11308       19120    62749696   83  Linux
/dev/sda6           19120       19458     2713600   82  Linux swap / Sola=

Jerry Feldman <gaf-mNDKBlG2WHs at>
Boston Linux and Unix
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