- Written by Super User
- Category: Technology
- Published: 24 January 2014
If you are like me, you like trying out different things. Tired of the good ol' windows? Thinking of becoming a Linux-fellow? I tried getting myself into Linux. Especially the relatively user friendly Ubuntu distribution seemed like a good starting point. Installing it, is not a hassle, thanks to Wubi. Wubi is a program that lets you install various Linux distribution form within Windows. This is especially valuable for those who have netbooks or ultrabooks without DVD-drives. Just download Wubi and a Linux image of your choice and you are good to go. I recommend using Wubi when you already made up your mind on what operation system you would like to use. Wubi is especially useful for if you want to set up a dual-boot system.
But there are so many linux distributions to choose from. Personally i find it hard to rely on reviews of others. I think sometimes you just have to try out for yourself. However, downloading Linux-images, installing them, uninstalling them, re-installing a new one etc. is not really convenient. However, there is a way how you can try out different operation systems without even rebooting once. I present to you: VirtualBox
VirtualBox allows you to create a virtual environment were you can test and experiment around with different operation systems without the risk of bricking something. Allow me to demonstrate it on the example of Linux Distro Ubuntu.
Please excuse the German language in Virtual Box, but you should be able to get the idea. You can repeat these steps for every operation system you like. Only thing you have to do is download the image of the operation system you would like to try out and insert it into a virtual machine. You can set up multiple machines and run different operation systems simultaneously. The virtual machine has access to the internet and all important hardware. It is basically a full-fledged system (in a box) and you are free to experiment with it. For a more advanced approach you can even customize the hardware specifications (i.e. allocate more RAM for the virtual machine, etc).
I find it to be a safe and convenient way of trying different operation systems.I hope it helps!