March 20, 2008

When you can't kick Microsoft completely to the curb

It's time for VirtualBox.

Look, I've long extolled the virtues of Linux and I've linked to the almost infinite variety of Linux equivalent pieces of software. However, there are some things that simply cannot be easily replaced, such as Quicken, which I've been using for more than a decade. And since Quicken 2008 is completely enabled using even Crossover Office, I'd be forced to boot into Windows at least once a day. Or rather, I would be if it weren't for VirtualBox. Lifehacker has the scoop:

You love working inside your Linux desktop, but at the most inconvenient times you've got to reboot into Windows—whether to open a tricky Office file, try out a Windows application, or even just play a quick game. However, with some free tools and a Windows installation disk, you can have Windows apps running right on your Linux desktop and sharing the same desktop files. It's relatively painless, it takes only a little bit longer than a Windows XP install, and it works just like virtualizing Windows on a Mac with Parallels Coherence—except it's free.
If you're curious what the end result might look like, here's a screenshot from my quick installation. I would've loved to have gotten iTunes running, but I didn't have time to wait for all the post-XP-installation patches/upgrades to install to show you.


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