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Virtuaization with QEMU

A nice walk through with some print screens.

Why should you virtualize at all? There are several good reasons for that, I’ll list a few here:

  • My wife and me do web design. No, not for a living, just for fun. And tho we nowadays keep most of our stuff in out-of-the-box blog systems like Wordpress, we still like to tweak around with our themes and templates and all that stuff, and of course we have to test them with different browsers from time to time. So this time, I wanted to see our stuff with Internet Explorer on Windows again, and compare the views to those of Iceweasel, Epiphany, or Konqueror.
  • All of our computers here run Debian these days, and that means: Debian ’stable’, also known as ‘Etch’. But hey, just like my close-to-perfect Honda motorbike, a perfect, well-functioning Linux distribution like Etch gets boring after a while, and I’m the guy who writes ‘’, so I want to keep track of newer versions of Debian like ‘testing’ (at the time of this writing also known as ‘Lenny’), or even ‘unstable’ (also known as ‘Sid’). If you run these in virtual machines, you can explore tomorrow’s software today, without the risk of doing something chaotic to your stable setup, which simply keeps running, well, stable.
  • Maybe you are a so-called ‘distro-hopper’, or just want to see the latest and greatest Ubuntu/Fedora/you-name-it-here? Save yourself the hassle of swapping or wiping hard disks, and do it all in virtual machines. If you don’t make them too big, you can save them onto a DVD, or even a USB memory stick, and carry them with you to show them to your friends.

This is consumerism.

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