The Raspberry Pi is great because it’s a low cost way to test all sorts of crazy electronics ideas, but sometimes you might want to test before you test. Virtual machines are a great way to do so, and Grant Winney has a guide for setting one up using VirtualBox.
The internet is full of sweet apps, but it's also packed with shady software. Before you install something awful, give yourself an infosec education. Here are the best tools to protect yourself out there when you're experimenting with new programs.
If you want to try out software without installing what could be adware or something risky, use a virtual machine. Virtual machines are particularly useful because of their "snapshot" ability, which captures and quickly restores the VM's state. Here's how to set it up and use it.
VirtualBox is a lifesaver for anyone who wants to tinker and experiment with different operating systems. Using a CD or disc image is easy in VirtualBox, but it's handy to know how to boot from USB in VirtualBox on Windows as well.
VirtualBox is our favorite virtualization program, but usually, it needs to be properly installed with Windows kernel drivers and system services. Portable VirtualBox lets you install VirtualBox on a USB drive or external hard drive and run your virtual machines anywhere.
VirtualBox is great for testing out a new operating system, but your virtual machines probably aren't that special when you first set them up. Here are a few tips for making them much easier to use—not to mention more powerful.
Usenet is a great resource for lots of things, and we've talked about a number of great apps to use to get the most out of Usenet. Tretflix is a custom, ready-to-install operating system that wraps them all up into an easy-to-use package. All you do is provide the hardware.
We've discussed some of the best blogging platforms and web hosts, but if you want to really control your data, why not roll your own server at home, and then use it as a dashboard to manage and re-post to sites like Tumblr and Wordpress? All you need is Virtualbox. Maymay shows us how it's done.
Let's get technical with this week's Crowdhacker. If you're a sysadmin or just a network enthusiast, you might know something about virtualization. But what's the difference between consumer-grade and enterprise virtualization? When is it time to upgrade? The experts at Stack Exchange chime in.
Can't decide whether you want to dual boot that second OS or virtualize it? Debate no more: you can have both. Here's how to dual boot and virtualize the same partition on your Windows PC or Mac.
OS X: Parallels Desktop is our favorite tool for running Windows on your Mac, and right now you can grab Parallels Desktop 7 for only $10.
Virtual machines are great for running another operating system on top of your desktop, like testing out Windows 8 or running OS X inside Windows. They can be notoriously slow, though, and using a fixed size disk can help you speed things up.
This week on the podcast we're powering up your brain, making your online life more secure with two-factor authentication, and figuring out why everyone's pissed at Twitter. Also, we're answering your questions about home automation, Linux on Macs, and a diet that actually helps you put on weight.
Dear Lifehacker, I've seen you talk about running Windows on a Mac by dual booting, as well as dual booting Windows 8 alongside Windows 7. But you've also talked about how to run Windows 8 in a virtual machine. If I want to run a second operating system, which is better? Dual booting or virtualizing?
If you're on the fence about the new Windows 8 consumer preview and you're not sure whether all of the new features are enough to make you want to upgrade, or whether you'd like the new Metro interface, here's a safe way to give the preview a try without risking a computer or a lot of setup time to do so: use…
So you've gotten started with Linux, but you're looking for a new flavor besides Ubuntu to try out. Instead of installing a bunch of them from scratch, web site Virtualboxes provides a bunch of free Virtualbox images for you to test out, no installation required.
The Department of Homeland Security recently planted several USB drives and CD-ROMs in a government facility parking lot to see how easy it would be to spread viruses, and 60% of workers plugged the drives and CDs into their computers accidentally executing the malware inside. To avoid the same mistake you should…
Windows/Mac/Linux: VirtualBox 4.0 makes creating virtual operating systems a lot less bothersome. The interface is easier to get around, the virtual machines easier to move or wipe away, display and hardware compatibility is improved, and new "extensions" can add new capabilities.
VirtualBox is surprisingly easy to use for creating an OS-inside-an-OS, unless you have to move or back up your huge VDI machine files. You can avoid non-starting machines, however, with an XML file tweak.
If you're intrigued by the just-released Ubuntu 10.10 beta and want to try it out in a virtual machine, you might run into some problems. The latest Ubuntu release uses a desktop system that's not quite compatible with VirtualBox's built-in tools, but there's a command line fix, as explained by the Unixmen site. For…