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Re: [SLE] Notebook with XP and SuSE
  • From: James Wright <jwright@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 10:07:03 -0400
  • Message-id: <4291E387.1070402@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Randall R Schulz wrote:

On Monday 23 May 2005 02:42, Ronald Wiplinger wrote:

I want to use a notebook computer with Windows XP and Linux. I need
Windows for Office (including Visio) and Project, while I need for
developing and connection to otherLinux systems.
What is the best setup for that?
Dualboot and vmware?

Both are viable options. VMWare costs significant dollars and you'll need roughly twice as much RAM if you want to run a full mix of software concurrently in both environments (unless you're already flush with RAM).

If you don't need concurrent operation and if you don't need to switch off frequently between the two OSes, dual boot is probably good enough. Also, VMWare setup and configuration is not for the faint of heart. VMWare will also force you to choose which is the host environment and which is the guest. I think it's better to use a Linux host with Windows as the guest OS (the one that runs in the virtualized environment).

Very correct about RAM. VMWare runs very slowly without adequate RAM. It is also a long wait to get to your linux apps when running VMWare. I can confirm that both Project and Visio run without a hitch using Codeweavers Crossover Office. I am using version 4.1 for Crossover Office, and Suse 9.2.

- James W

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