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Testing GNU / Linux on Windows

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For those who are not very GNU / Linux experts and want to start testing this

wonderful system, but do not want to get rid of your Windows, there are several applications that allow us install a GNU / Linux on our Windows without affecting the performance of the latter. The interesting thing about these applications is that if they do not convince us, or if we want to go further, we can uninstall them like any other resident program in our window system.

Among these applications we can find:

Wubi An excellent application that lately is part of the distribution of Canonical, Ubuntu development company. With Wubi, Ubuntu can be installed on Windows as if it were just another application. Wubi makes it easy for Windows XP users to migrate to Ubuntu. Once installed, we can access the Ubuntu GNU / Linux desktop without interacting with Windows. The installation requires only 3 GB of disk space and at the moment it only runs on Windows XP.

To use it, we just have to download the Wubi installer and run it.

andLinuxThis is a GNU / Linux distribution based on Debian and especially on the Ubuntu derivative, Xubuntu. At 190MB in size, andLinux It is characterized by its ease to run on Windows platforms 2000 (2000, XP, Vista, 7). The interesting thing about andLinux, is that at the time of installation it allows us to choose between the different desktops (Gnome, KDE, XFCE) and switch between them once installed. DNALux can be downloaded from its official site.

VirtualizationAnother way to test a GNU / Linux distribution on Windows is to install a virtual machine. A virtual machine is a program that emulates a PC and that can run applications as if it were a real computer.

Among the virtualization programs, the best known is VirtualBox, owned by Sun Microsystem, available for Windows, GNULinux, Mac and Solaris.

By running VirtualBox on Windows, we can install any GNU / Linux distribution without modifying or altering the system native. The interesting thing about virtualizations is that we can not only test a GNU / Linux, but also a Mac OS X, Solaris, Windows, etc. In addition, we can make the installed system transparent when using applications or documents so that everything works as if it were one.

They can download VirtualBox from their official site.

As you will see, testing a GNU / Linux system can become a very simple task. And in this way I introduce myself at PuntoGeek and I welcome: D

Greetings to all!