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Entries Tagged as 'Virtualization'

andLinux — an easy way to run Linux applications right on your Windows desktop

February 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

In the past I’ve shown how easy it can be to run a full Linux operating system from inside of Windows (see my previous posts VMWare: See How the Other Half Lives and How to Create Your Own Virtual Machine Using VMWare Player). In both of those examples the Linux OS runs inside of a […]

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Tags: Computer Software · Linux · Virtualization

How to run MythTV on Windows

January 3rd, 2007 · 11 Comments


You may have heard of MythTV, the free TiVo-like application that can handle just about all of your multimedia needs. It can record and play back TV shows, including HDTV programming. It can be used to view your pictures, your weather forecast, and your favorite RSS feeds. It can rip and play back your music CD’s and your DVD’s. It can even display the list of movies you have in your NetFlix queue.

And it only runs on Linux.

So what if you’re a Windows user who wants to find out what MythTV is all about? Up until recently your couldn’t, but now you can. Here’s how.

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Tags: Computer Hardware · Computer Software · Home Theater · Linux · Virtualization

How to Create Your Own Virtual Machine Using VMWare Player

November 22nd, 2006 · 12 Comments

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The free VMWare Player is a very powerful and simple way to run virtual machines on your PC. You install the VMWare Player software, download some pre-configured virtual machines, and can run just about any other operating system from the comfy confines of your favorite operating system (Windows or Linux) without ever having to worry about messing up your favorite operating system. (You can read a more in-depth description of the VMWare Player from one of my previous posts, “VMWare: See How the Other Half Lives“)

VMWare also makes the VMWare Server software, which gives you a lot more control over your virtual machines, including a wizard that you can use to create your own virtual machine. VMWare Server is also free but may be a bit too complex for the user who simply wants to try out a different OS.

That leaves us with the choice between the simple VMWare Player, which you use to run pre-configured virtual machines, and the more complicated VMWare Server, which allows you to create your own virtual machines. But what if a user wants the simplicity of the VMWare Player and the ability create their own virtual machines from scratch? It’s actually quite easy to do.

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Tags: Linux · Virtualization

MojoPac – You CAN Take It With You

October 29th, 2006 · 3 Comments

logo.gifWhen I first stumbled across the description of MojoPac on their website it seemed too good to be true. Here was a piece of software that promised to allow you to create a PC on any USB-enabled device (memory stick, USB hard drive, iPod,cell phone), install all of your applications and data onto that USB-housed PC, and be able to use that PC on any machine running Windows XP. And it could do all of this without having to install any software onto the “host” PC and without leaving any trace that it had ever been there. Based on that description I first assumed that MojoPac just another type of virtualization, like VMWare or VirtualPC. It’s not, and that’s what makes it unique.

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Tags: Computer Software · Virtualization

Using VMWare to Simplify System Backups

June 7th, 2006 · 3 Comments

VMWare LogoOh, the drudgery of performing system backups. We all know that we’re supposed to do it and that we’ll someday get burned if we don’t, but many of us still don’t take the time to perform full system backups regularly. Even if you are diligent enough to create a full system backup, restoring an OS that’s gone belly-up is often time-consuming and tedious. But if you’re running your OS as a virtual machine within VMWare performing a full system backup is as easy as copying off a small handful of files and recovering from a failure is as easy as copying them back. (If you’re not familiar with VMWare you get take a look at my earlier post about what VMWare is and how it works.)

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VMWare: See How the Other Half Lives

May 28th, 2006 · 5 Comments

VMWare LogoSo� you�re a Windows user and you�ve decided that you�d like to try out Linux but don�t want to go through the process (or risk) of trying to install Linux on your Windows computer. The solution used to be to dig that old computer you�re not using anymore out of the closet and install Linux on that. But what if you don�t have an old computer or you don�t want to go through the hassle of installing an operating system that you�re not familiar with? The answer is easy (and free) now: VMWare.

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Tags: Virtualization