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[How To] Use and Install Windows XP In VirtualBox

Revisions:
5-6-09: Initial update.

5-7-09:  Added pictures, and additional formatting to the article.


Did you know that you can run a virtual machine, such that you can run say Windows XP inside of Windows XP? Not ready to install Linux on a separate partition and go dual boot? No problem! Install it in VirtualBox!

VirtualBox is an open source, and freeware application that lets the user to do virtual machines easily and painlessly. This is great if you are a developer and want to develop programs for other operating systems, or perhaps testing a program you are not willing to install on your main HOST operating system.

Since the virtual machine is independent of the HOST operating system, you will be able to transport the virtual machine easily from one PC to the next thanks to the portable hard drive system.

Installing VirtualBox

First of all, you need to download VirtualBox.  You can get it from their website at www.virtualbox.org

Once you have downloaded the appropriate version for Windows, you can install it, as shown in the following screenshots below:

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Click next, and you will get to the screen as shown below:

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Make sure to have both VirtualBox USB Support enabled as well as the VirtualBox Networking so you can use the usb and networking within your virtual machine.

Read on to understand how to use VirtualBox. Video included!

OS Showdown: Windows 2000 vs. Linux

Once again, thanks to Mr. Briggs over at BBSpot. ~Voltaire

Names – Linux, for reasons I’d rather not get into, I always think of eunuchs when IWindows 2000 hear the word Linux.  I think it would’ve been better if Linus’ brother Malcom would’ve developed the OS.  Then at least it would’ve been funny – Malcomix. Windows 2000 makes me think “Wow, that Windows movie had a lot of sequels,” or “Gee, better get that product namer a Pulitzer for originality.” While neither rivals TRSDOS, I begrudgingly have to give this one to Microsoft.

Advantage – Windows 2000

Domain NamesWindows2000.com redirects you to a Windows 2000 product page on the Microsoft site. I’m not sure I’d trust my mission critical apps to aLinux company that can’t even afford to give its flagship OS its own domain name.  Linux.com on the other hand avoids the Microsoftian subterfuge and is just what it says.  It’s a nice looking site with lots of good information. But wait a minute let’s take a look at the other side of the issue.  Windows2000sucks.com is a pretty sad “sucks” site, Microsoft can’t even do that right.  It doesn’t even look functional.  Linuxsucks.com is another great Linux site.

Advantage – Linux

Mascots – The Linux mascot is Tux the penguin. A cute little fellow, but veryLinux vulnerable to killer whales.   Now a orca, that would be a cool mascot, but I guess Sea World already has that. Windows 2000 doesn’t really have a mascot unless you call that flying multi-colored window a mascot. It might get a little bloody on some broken shards of glass, but I think even a penguin could destroy a pansy window.

Advantage – Linux

Search Engines – A search for “Linux is great” on Google yields 1,080,000 results.Windows 2000 A search for “Windows 2000 is Great” yields 1,050,000. An apparent victory for Linux.  Not so fast.  A search for “Linux Sucks” yields 114,000 results, and a search for “Windows 2000 Sucks” gets 66,700.  Why do I envision Microsoft engineers setting up thousands of web pages with just “Linux Sucks” on them so they could win this round.   While not being so great, it just doesn’t suck as much.

Advantage: Windows 2000

LinuxMagic Eight Ball – I decided that I needed an unbiased opinion on which is better. What’s more unbiased than a Magic 8 Ball? I asked the Magic 8 Ball – “Is Windows 2000 better than Linux?” The response: “MY SOURCES SAY NO”  That’s pretty clear. Just to be sure I rephrased the question. “Is Linux better than Windows 2000?” The response “AS I SEE IT YES”. Good to see that the Magic 8 Ball hasn’t succumbed to the Microsoft Propaganda Machine.

Advantage – Linux

LinuxFuck Test – Fuck Linux! No doesn’t sound right. Fuck Microsoft! Ooh yeah, just right baby.

Advantage – Linux.

Conclusions

Final Score: Linux 4 – Windows 2000 2.

It doesn’t get any clearer than that. Linux is two times better than Windows 2000. Therefore I am proud to award Linux the BBspot Technical Excellence Award.

[Tutorial] Rip DVDS in Linux

Hey guys, do you have linux? Do you loathe windows?  Do you want to learn how to rip DVDs in Linux?  Well, I sure do!  The tutorial is at the source below, found at lifehacker.  Enjoy!

Source

Ubuntu Customization Guide v2

    Avid Linux Blogger just made an amazing guide on how-to customize Ubuntu Linux. It’s 100% Compatible with Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 and shows you not only how to get widgets and the compiz fusion effects set up and working but also teachs alot on using AWN Windows navigator and how to mess with system sounds, Themes, Splash Screens, etc.

If you want you linux looking alot less like well…. linux then check it out here at the Tux Enclave

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