Running Linux inside Windows 2000/XP? - DFWstangs Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-29-2003, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
Strong to Quite Strong
 
bug1124's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: The Colony, TX
Posts: 1,162
Running Linux inside Windows 2000/XP?

Hey guys, I am fairly familiar with linux and have had several boxes with various distrobutions over the years. However, I have never really been able to stick with it because as a student I use a laptop and so far I have been unable to get linux to meet my needs. Now that is probably because I am not knowledgeable enough to configure it properly, but all the same it hasn't been able to meet my needs.

Well I still want to play with linux and get more used to using it, but I don't want to do a dual boot and have to reboot to windows to do a task that I can't in linux. I am wondering if there is a distrobution that will run inside of windows 2000/XP like an application, much like VMware's Virtual Machine. Please let me know what the best way to go about getting a chance to play with linux but not having to commit to a change as of yet. Thanks!
bug1124 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-29-2003, 11:11 AM
El Camino
 
Stang2be's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: in front of the keyboard
Posts: 3,432
You might also looking into linux bootable cd distros. I use one for my laptop. I didnt want to dual boot it but wanted to be able to run a linux kernel when needed.

2007 Taurus SEL - daily driver
1974 El Camino SS - 400sb

Quote:
Originally Posted by purrrfectstang
Umm.. what is the ID-10T settings?
Stang2be is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-29-2003, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
Strong to Quite Strong
 
bug1124's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: The Colony, TX
Posts: 1,162
Thats a good point and I have tried a couple of them so far, but my main goal is to not have to reboot to switch between windows and linux.
bug1124 is offline  
 
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-29-2003, 11:43 AM
¯\(º_o)/¯
 
AbecX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Las Colinas
Posts: 25,373
Best way to accomplish that is to just format that windows stuff and put Linux on it

Whats your crutch programs with windows? You can get any office application to run in linux.
AbecX is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-29-2003, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
Strong to Quite Strong
 
bug1124's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: The Colony, TX
Posts: 1,162
Well I have alot of trouble configuring things like xine to run properly and it seems to NEVER work for me. The biggest hang up that I have with linux is that I can't get it to suspend and resume like I can with windows. Also network browsing and connectivity seem too difficult to be efficient. I know about LinNeighborhood, but it seems like extra steps to find the share and mount it, then search through it for the file. Also, when browsing forums and I come across a video clip I want to watch, the player always seems to be lacking codecs and whatnot. I always have questions but I get the whole RTFM speech and frankly if thats the only way, windows works fine for me. Another issue is trying to get a wireless PCMCIA card working. And when I use my PCMCIA compact flash card reader on my digital cameras card it seems to fuck up the formatting. Plug and play with a mouse would be nice too. I use an external mouse most of the time but it seems that I have to either use only the on board mice or only the external. Okay now I am rambling...

Last edited by bug1124; 12-29-2003 at 12:10 PM.
bug1124 is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-29-2003, 12:28 PM
¯\(º_o)/¯
 
AbecX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Las Colinas
Posts: 25,373
I'll be the first to admit among the many, linux has a decent ways to go on the desktop enviroment setting, but man, once you figure out what you are doing, its bliss.

mplayer is what you'll want to use to play videos, it plays pretty much everything.

mozilla with antialiased fonts rocks for a browser.

I dont know what LINhood is, but the mount command works just fine for me.

I believe all camera cards are Fat32, you shouldnt have any problems with format.

Try cgywin for a linux in windows enviroment
AbecX is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-29-2003, 12:38 PM
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 5,831
Quote:
Originally posted by bug1124
Well I have alot of trouble configuring things like xine to run properly and it seems to NEVER work for me. The biggest hang up that I have with linux is that I can't get it to suspend and resume like I can with windows. Also network browsing and connectivity seem too difficult to be efficient. I know about LinNeighborhood, but it seems like extra steps to find the share and mount it, then search through it for the file. Also, when browsing forums and I come across a video clip I want to watch, the player always seems to be lacking codecs and whatnot. I always have questions but I get the whole RTFM speech and frankly if thats the only way, windows works fine for me. Another issue is trying to get a wireless PCMCIA card working. And when I use my PCMCIA compact flash card reader on my digital cameras card it seems to fuck up the formatting. Plug and play with a mouse would be nice too. I use an external mouse most of the time but it seems that I have to either use only the on board mice or only the external. Okay now I am rambling...
i would recommend mandrake 9.2, it has pretty good hardware support.. and xine is availble during setup... so no need to jack with configureing it.. it works out of the box.

other than the web broser.. you have to install a few plugins.. but they are not difficult. (if you read the ddirections )
trey85stang is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the DFWstangs Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome