indydriver56 wrote: perduta wrote:
Yes... but you can try it from the live CD without a virtual machine
but i want to run windows at the same time coz i use skype and play games......
All the more reason to install it on it's own virtual drive and let it get the drivers and updates it needs and install the packages you want to use... which is why it makes a big difference what you want to use it for.
For instance in Windows 8, when I click on a .torrent file, or a .ods file or a .tar.gz archive and many others... it doesn't know how to open it and it finds some sites on the web where I can go buy
3rd party software that does... however I can also just use the ready configured free
tools of Linux Mint. All I need is to set it up properly to have shared folder(s) with the host machine. In fact I have a Linux box specifically for surfing the web because it can sand box any dodgy sites and even if it did
get infected... then I can use the virtualbox snapshot facility to restore it to it's known good state, and I've never heard of Linux malware infecting a Windows host!
So on that virtual machine I have NO windows emulator installed.
I have a different Linux box set up for running the LibreOffice tool set so I don't have to install it on my Windows and yet another just for programming tools so I can build free software and don't need all 'build-essential' equivalent for Windows and so it's really only limited by your own imagination (and by the amount of physical memory that your computer has) for what you can do with it
BTW... just a warning: if you upgrade to WIndows8 make sure you get the 64 bit version because if you are running Virtual boxes a lot you will very soon need to go beyond that the 4Gb physical memory limit of the 32 bit version and you can't upgrade windows8 from 32 bit to 64 bit... without paying for a new one and having to set up all your software again from scratch!