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How to Run Windows on Linux

For about a month now, I've been running SUSE Linux 10.0 on my laptop. I find it more than capable to handle almost all of my computing needs. I have to admit though, that it falls short in the web development environment. I'm afraid that GIMP is still nowhere near as good as FireWorks, and there is simply nothing to compare with Dreamweaver.

I still want/need those two tools, and maybe you have others. My first inclination was to run them under wine, but neither would install. My second idea was to dual boot with XP, but it was painful to imagine rebooting into Windows every time I needed to export a slice from my .png site template.

So I've come up with a solution, which should enable you to run Windows on Linux without any cost (except for your Windows license of course). Here's the step by step instructions:

  1. Download and install the 30-day free trial of WMware workstation.
  2. Create a new virtual machine. You shouldn't need more than a few gigabytes as the maximum hard drive size. Linux will still be your main OS after all.
  3. Install Windows and whatever applications you need in the VM
  4. Un-install the VMWare trial application
  5. Install VMware player.
  6. You should now be able to continue running the Windows Virtual Machine without any problems, and without any cost.

Of course, as soon as a fix comes out for Wine so that I can run the Macromedia products, I'll blow the whole VM thing away anyways!



  1. Hi Justin,

    Was looking for the page-fader effect on your site. Didn't see any but ended up seeing your Windows on Linux comments. A Dreamweaver alternative suggestion – Have you tried NVU?


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