Virtual Machines

Virtual machines are great. They let you run another operating system inside your current operating system so you can test software out without fear of nuking your current computer. Or, without having to find another computer to install a completely different OS on.

Here’s some screenshots of virtual computers on my PC,

Windows XP – my current OS,

Ubuntu – a popular Linux-based OS,

And the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child),

If your first reaction on seeing the above screenshot was “WTF?” – you’re not alone. So was mine. I still can’t get my head around it. I guess I’m too old and stuck in a Windows world to understand how the kids can do anything useful with that… I did however manage find a web browser under one of those big noddy icons.

If you want to try running another operating system on your machine, here’s some useful links – all with free downloads,

VMware Player
VMware Ubuntu images
VMware OLPC images

Microsoft Virtual PC
XP/Vista images


About Chris
A self confessed geek, meteorologist (aka weather forecaster), father & proud kiwi mainlander living, working & playing in Wellington, New Zealand.

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