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UNIX and Windows on the same machine!!

Ravi Sankararaman

Joined: Mar 15, 2001
Posts: 9
Could anyone tell me whether i can have both Windows and Unix on the same machine?
or is it possible to learn Unix sitting on a windows terminal?
Nathan Pruett

Joined: Oct 18, 2000
Posts: 4121

Hmmm... that depends on what you mean... you can make a "dual-boot machine" with both windows and linux ( or other operating systems ) on it... most distros come with some disk partitioning/boot management software to let you do this... If you have a "dual-boot machine", what this means is that the all the OS's are stored on your computer, and you choose one of them to run when you boot up your computer... Both windows and Linux cannot run "at the same time", though... ( Well, actually the preceding statement is *kind of* a lie... you can get Windows emulators thatlet you run some windows programs under Linux... I think there is a product called Win4Lin that lets you do this... however, I know of no product that lets you run Linux from inside Windows... ( But then again, why would you want to... ) )


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Greg Harris
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Joined: Apr 12, 2001
Posts: 1012
you can learn Unix sitting on a windows platform if you telnet into a Unix server while in a DOS window (sounds like a real waste of processor and memory resources, doesn't it). i had to telnet into my school's Unix machine to run OS simulations last year... i bought Redhat 7.0 a couple weeks later and have hated windows ever since!
i currently have Redhat 7.1, win2000 and win98 on my desktop at home. i installed all 3 when i built the machine, but you can put Unix/Linux on an existing computer as long as you have a partition or create a partition with Partition Magic or some other partitioning utility. besides, Linux is free, so why not install it on your machine?
btw, i installed Redhat 7.1 last week and have decided to make the transition off windows unless it is absolutely necessary.

Brad Ford
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Joined: Mar 22, 2001
Posts: 40
I haven't gotten around to using it myself, but the reviews say it works like a charm - VMWare ( It runs at the same time as Windows as an (not that I truly understand how it works) independent process-ish thing. Anyhow, you can run Windows as a window in Linux with virtually no loss of windows function and negligible speed loss or run linux as a window in windows (that's a mouthful). It's commercial software but you can try it for 30 days or so.
Greg Harris
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Joined: Apr 12, 2001
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a friend from school gave a report on VMWare last semester in our OS class... he uses it quite a bit, but said it is a pain in the neck to set-up. if you are not familiar with intalling OS's, then i would recommend reading the instructions 2 or 3 times to make sure you do not wipe out your existing system.
i downloaded the trial version last year, but ended up making a dual (triple, actually) boot system so i do not have to worry with it. i think it was around US $300 for the software... not really worth it if you are just using it to learn Unix
the website is:
Ganesh Anekar
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Joined: May 13, 2001
Posts: 36
u can do that...u can install both together without having any problem...u first intall windows ..then install unix,linux..
Then system will like dual boot system..
Also there are some linux softwares available like openwin this u can operate linux,unix inside windows...without telnet..
Check it...
Patrick O'Hara

Joined: May 08, 2001
Posts: 9
You might want to look at the GNU tools. You can run the Cygnus port of the GNU Unix tools (shell, grep, vi, etc) on windows. Look at

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trupti nigam
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Joined: Jun 21, 2001
Posts: 614
yes you can have both OS on the same machine.i have a sun solaris machine at office which has got a small chip in it for windows 2000.when you start the machine automatically the windows 2000 will also be started on a separate console.
but there are some problems in this approach too!as sometimes the windows hung up!!!
but it's good to have both OS on the same machine
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