Simplify Your Experience Using Virtual Machines

Wouldn’t it be great to install Linux without obliterating what you already have?  Why mess with a perfectly functional operating system to experiment with a different one you might not even like?


This was my thought process a few years ago.  I had just wiped out a perfectly good Microsoft Windows installation to try Ubuntu for the first time.  I didn’t know if it would work, or if I’d even like Ubuntu.

Little did I know that it was possible to try Ubuntu without erasing Windows or risking it with a messy dual-boot setup.  If only I had known about virtual machines.


What Is a Virtual Machine

A virtual machine is a program that runs on your normal computer and emulates another computer.  It’s a fake computer in a real computer.  If that explanation doesn’t make sense, perhaps a picture will help.

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