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xx Testing programs on different operating systems
« Thread started on: Jun 17th, 2009, 02:00am »

You like to know, if your program is working on a different Windows version or under WINE on Linux huh

You can do all this testing on your current computer without the need to buy additional hardware.

Download VirtualBox from Sun and get into virtual computers.

Best is to define the default folders for virtual machines and hard-disks to be located on an external drive or secondary disk to keep the primary hard-disk from being too busy.

I recommend using the default settings displayed for a new virtual computer, which can be changed afterwards if need is.

You must be aware, that the virtual computer reduces the available resources of your physical computer, so do not assign more memory than necessary or you will run out of memory easily.

As always, reading the documentation (aka help file or user manual) is recommended, there is no way around it.
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xx Re: Testing programs on different operating system
« Reply #1 on: Nov 28th, 2009, 6:59pm »

any alternatives?
file size of virtual box maybe too high for me, undecided
or are there that reduce as few as possible the available resources of our physical computer?
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 29th, 2009, 04:48am »

on Nov 28th, 2009, 6:59pm, jbfan wrote:
any alternatives?
file size of virtual box maybe too high for me, undecided

You can use Virtual PC 2007 from Microsoft too.

You may as well check out VMware Server or VMware Player, where VMware is the leading virtualization company.

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or are there that reduce as few as possible the available resources of our physical computer?

Any virtual machine will reduce the resources of the physical machine, you can not get memory and CPU cycles from mid air wink
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 29th, 2009, 2:20pm »

I like Virtual PC. I don't have either of the two on my machine, but my friend had both, and we collaborate on his computer often. I have played around with VirtualBox and Virtual PC (both times I was running Ubuntu Jaunty) and I found Virtual PC to be easier to use.
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 29th, 2009, 2:51pm »

I've heard (and Google seem to hold with it) that Microsoft Virtual PC does not supports USB devices as of yet?
Could someone say "yes I use Virtual PC and I could use my flash drive with it"?
(I use VMWare Player and yes, I could use my flash drive)
EDIT: Wikipedia has this:
"Windows Virtual PC ... and released alongside Windows 7. Unlike its predecessors, this version supports only Windows 7 host operating systems and requires hardware virtualization support. Windows Virtual PC includes the following new features:[4]
USB support and redirection connect peripherals such as flash drives and digital cameras, and print from the guest to host OS printers"

Sooooo, no USB for host OS prior to Windows 7 sad
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« Reply #5 on: Dec 1st, 2009, 05:53am »

Virtual PC 2007 is the last version, which supports installing on any hardware, but it does only support Windows releases up to and including Vista.
As mentioned before, it does not support direct access to USB devices.

Virtual PC for Win7 and above has the restriction to need hardware virtualization.



VirtualBox uses hardware virtualization to allow installing a 64-bit guest on a 32-bit host system, if there is no hardware virtualization available, you can only install 32-bit guests.



VirtualBox and VMware support direct access to your USB devices.
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 3rd, 2010, 8:25pm »

Can JB work in WINE? I use Ubuntu Karmic, and I've always wondered.
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 4th, 2010, 04:36am »

on Jan 3rd, 2010, 8:25pm, freckletoe2 wrote:
Can JB work in WINE? I use Ubuntu Karmic, and I've always wondered.


Searching all boards for WINE or Linux within the last two years returned the following threads:
  1. Just basic on TUX
  2. JB on Linux?
  3. Just Basic Portable
  4. justbasic work on linux!


I have even mentioned Linux and WINE in the initial post of this thread wink
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 4th, 2010, 10:27am »

Ok, thanks. Haha, I suppose I could have just downloaded the 2.5 mb file and see for myself wink
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« Reply #9 on: Jan 4th, 2010, 4:48pm »

on Jan 4th, 2010, 10:27am, freckletoe2 wrote:
Ok, thanks. Haha, I suppose I could have just downloaded the 2.5 mb file and see for myself wink


Yes, this would have taken you only about ten minutes after the download, instead of waiting eight hours for a response and another six hours to read it.

So we have ten minutes versus 14 hours, quite a difference wink
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« Reply #10 on: Feb 4th, 2010, 1:51pm »

Virtual Box is great!

I've come to use it regularly, due to the fact I use linux as my primary operating system. I use Virtual box to check cross compatability of my programs, run Microsoft products and other things like that

It works great with JB!

Trust me, it is well worth to set this great tool up!
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« Reply #11 on: Jan 13th, 2012, 01:48am »

Linux is little bit complex as developing platform.
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