Installing Linux and Windows on the same workstation

Hi, thanks in advance for your help. I currently have a machine running windows xp and am interested in installing linux onto this machine as well. However I do not want to have to reboot just get get into the other OS. Is there a way to switch between OS'es on the fly? If so please provide some instructions. I appreciate it very much.

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The only way to do this is by using a virtual Machine software.  This is essentially software that simulates an entire computer on your existing OS.  The two best known products are VMWare and Virtual PC (Now a Microsoft product).  VMWare has better support for Linux than Virtual PC, which, since MS bought it, no longer lists Linux as an OS in it's setup routines - though it runs fine (I use it myself).
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
see
http://www.vmware.com/
(MAY be a free evaluation - not sure)

and
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/default.mspx
(Virtual PC has a free 45 day trial)

Be warned - I can't speak for VMWare, but Virtual PC can take HOURS to install an OS - but once installed, it can work rather well with Linux - even though microsoft doesn't like to acknowledge the OS.
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wesly_chenCommented:
Hi,

   I use VMware workstation 4.5 and one thing I want to comment is that you need more memory (1GB I'd say)
since you are running multiple OSs on one machine at the same time.

http://www.vmware.com/products/desktop/ws_features.html

   Their support is not bad.

Regards,

Wesly
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I don't know about VMware's actual requirements vs. Recommendations, but I get by running Debian on Windows XP with Virtual PC 2004 with only 384 MB.  Don't misunderstand, I'd RATHER run the system with more memory, but it otherwise runs fine for me.
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wesly_chenCommented:
Hi,

    Maybe I've short patience. Actually, 384MB - 512MB is fine. I run a lot of applications on the RedHat Linux inside VMware, so
I assigned 512MB for my VMware.

Wesly
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avizitCommented:
another alternative to vmware is colinux , which i am using satisfactorily

see www.colinux.org
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michaelbuddyCommented:
you can also try PearPC it's a VMware type program, but free. and if you choose the right linux distro, you may not even suffer much slowness, despite that it's hogging the processor.  Not linux per se, but just running all that stuff.
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frogpadAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all your help.
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