Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Feb 2008 22:18 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The Ubuntu development community has announced that the fifth Ubuntu 8.04 prerelease is now available for testing. Ubuntu 8.04 alpha 5 adds additional polish and reliability as well as a few intriguing new features. The official release of Ubuntu 8.04, codenamed Hardy Heron, is scheduled for late April and feature freeze is already in effect. One of the most significant new features added in alpha 5 is support for Wubi, a new installation mechanism that makes it easier for Ubuntu and Windows to coexist on the same computer. Wubi provides a complete Ubuntu installer that can be run in Windows from the Ubuntu Live CD. It installs Ubuntu into a folder on the Windows file system and sets up a boot menu so that users can choose between Windows and Ubuntu when the computer starts." My take: The Linux world is playing catch-up to the BeOS world, I see?
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RE: It's too bad
by eekee on Mon 25th Feb 2008 21:14 UTC in reply to "It's too bad"
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this guy took the time to test Wubi, but didn't do any performance testing. It'll be nice to see what the performance hit is on this. we've got a lot of users at my work who use Linux just for one app; it'd be nice to use Wubi to accomplish this task, as opposed to dual booting, which they generally hate.

I think you're looking for virtualization. I like Qemu, because it lets you run a whole other operating system as if it was an application. You make a virtual hard drive, give qemu access to your cd-rom drive (or an iso image) and install the OS exactly as if you were installing to brand-new physical hardware. It's quite low-hassle, and performance isn't too bad. VMWare and Xen are higher-performance solutions, but I dont' know anything about them.

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