Software: Run A Virtual Machine

Every now and then, there is a program that you’d like to run, but it won’t run properly under WINE. So what do you do? Easy, run it in a virtual machine!

Using VirtualBox, you can, inside of Linux, boot up and run a completely different operating system like Windows or BSD.

First step is to open your Software Manager and search for VirtualBox.

Software Manger search for Virtual Box

Software Manger search for Virtual Box

The easiest way to build a virtual machine, is to have the install disk for the operating system you wish to build a VM for. In my case today, we’ll be installing Windows 2000.

Setting up a new virtual machine

Setting up a new virtual machine

Electing to use all the defaults offered while you set up the VM is the easiest way to go. In my case it was as easy as putting my Windows 2000 install disk in the computers CD-ROM drive and the starting the VM. This will open a window, and Windows 2000 will install itself just as if it was installing on a brand new hard drive!

Windows 2000 installing in a VM

Windows 2000 installing in a VM

Once installed, your new VM can be booted up anytime you need it, in just a few moments. *(And oh the nostalgia of that Widows 2000 startup tune, blasting through the speakers!)

Now the software you wish to run will do so natively on the operating system it was designed to run on!

Windows 2000, running in VIrtual Box

Windows 2000, running in VIrtual Box

The only limit to the number of operating system you can run, is only dependent on the amount of free hard drive space on your Linux machine.