In early June I bought a Dell Inspiron 6400 from Dell’s Outlet store. It came with Microsoft’s Vista Home Basic which I promptly deleted and reinstalled Ubuntu 7.04. I have a Vista license and the Dell recovery disk for reinstalling the OS. I have installed Automatix and as part of that install I’ve got Innotek’s Virtual Box installed. Tonight I reinstalled Vista Home Basic as a virtual machine with Virtual Box.
I’ve been toying with the idea of running Ubuntu as a host with a Vista guest OS that would allow me to run some Windows application that I rely on. I want to experiment with VMWare as well. I recently attended a VMWare User Group at the University of Rochester and I came away impressed with the power of virtualization and VMWare in particular. I have had better success virtualizing the wireless Ethernet connection on my notebook with VMWare than I’ve had with Virtual Box. These experiences have provided me with a unique vista from which to explore virtual computing.