Most people will assume that using Windows Virtualization (also known as virtualization) with Linux, or any other operating system, is a great idea. In fact, this is the least of the problems. Here are just a few reasons to steer clear of it.
The first reason is that most Windows users are not even aware of it.
In reality, Virtualization and Containers are two entirely different technologies that have been treated and labeled by Windows (like most people who use Windows) as one single thing. They aren’t, and here’s why:
Virtualization can’t be used on Linux. You can’t run a full Windows Virtual Machine from a Linux host. So you can’t run a Windows Desktop on a Linux Desktop. That’s a huge problem for most, but worse, it’s a problem for a whole lot of the world’s IT professionals.
Containers can’t be used on Linux. They were designed as a way to solve the problem that most people were experiencing when trying to run multiple applications (such as the database server, Linux Desktop and Window Task Manager) on a single physical computer. However, they also address the same problem and also address the real issue with “too many applications running in one process”. But don’t let that put you off; because even though you can’t run a Windows Virtual Machine, if you run a Linux container with the right Linux software, it can still run Windows programs and it will run them just fine.
Using Windows on Linux can sometimes slow down your computer.
This is why you can’t run a Windows Virtual Machine with Linux (and why many people who use Linux, find that they run better when they do). A lot of the time, because Linux has a more limited memory capacity, it has to allocate “virtual memory” to other processes, meaning that there is only so much “physical memory” it can use.
Virtualization The Windows Guest Additions is probably the biggest cause of the problems mentioned above. They’re actually the result of an attempt to create a feature that Windows can use – in order to save RAM, many programs would load up additional software.
When you install these programs, you’ll find that they can have a potentially big impact on your computer’s security, which is why they require a super user privilege – that is, they need to be installed with “administrator” privileges, otherwise they won’t run without needing a password. Because they include a tool called “Backdoor.SYS”, they are extremely dangerous.
What’s the bad news is that while all of these problems can be resolved, they can all be fixed. You can safely run Virtualization and Containers on Linux, and this will remove any of the problems mentioned above. And that means you can install the Virtualization components that you need, without compromising your security, without slowing down your system, and without having to worry about installing “Backdoor.SYS”.
But the good news is that you don’t have to do this! As part of the help available for installing Virtualization and Containers, I’ve found that there is an option called “Install Only” available. Simply install this, and any other components you need, and your system will be 100% secure. It will do everything you need it to do – and it will do it without the danger of malicious software (which is the worst problem with Windows and Virtualization).
- This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t install Virtualization and Containers – you should.
- But remember, because they are not virtual machines, your hardware is not compromised.
- And that means that Virtualization and Containers can help you when you need them most.
- So I hope you’ve found this useful. If you need more info, I have written several articles on this topic.