Virtual Box for Linux on Windows
Most of our articles over here are focused on Linux programming. However, many of us, especially beginners are still comfortable and much used to Windows environment, the look and feel of it.
And also,many out of them tend to avoid Linux programming because of the pain of installing another OS onto your system and then switching between them. So its true to a great extent that a lot of beginners miss the fun of Linux programming due their reluctance of coming out of their comfort zone and leaving Linux programming only for school labs.
So here is an easy solution of such beginners to pursue their interest in Linux programming within their comfort zone on their personal systems. It is the Virtual Box.
A virtual box is a solution for running one Operating System in another without the need for a reboot. In technical terms, a virtual box is like a software virtualization of an OS running on top of an actual OS.
The base OS i.e. the actual running OS is termed as the host OS and the one running as a virtualization is termed as the guest OS.
The virtual box comes for all major platforms and can be downloaded from here.
Choose the windows installer. Refer the website documentation for installation instructions.
Once installed, one would need the image of the guest OS to be used by the virtual Box. For various flavors of Linux, refer this.
Please note this example is with virtual box version - 4.1.
Now you have the Ubuntu virtual machine running on your Windows 7. Program and enjoy the Linux experience.
Hope this article resolves the first hiccup for all beginners who are interested in Linux Programming. Keep learning and enjoy the fun. Rest assured, once you get friends with Linux, its additive. And that would be the point you might need this article to help install the guest windows virtual machine on Linux as Host. :)
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