As an I.T. old timer who's relatively new to Linux, I upgraded the memory and hard drive of an old Toshiba dual-core Intel CPU laptop and have been pretty happy with the performance via a bootable USB stick after trying out Xubuntu with Xfce desktop and Mint with Cinnamon and Mate desktops, so am looking for feedback on best options for running Garmin Express, BaseCamp, Poi Loader, and anything else related. Do they work well with WINE or should I set up a Virtualbox VM? Other alternatives, suggestions?
My Linux box is running Mint with the Cinnamon desktop, dual-boot with Windows 7. I like your choices! I don't know enough about Wine and Virtual Box to recommend them.
I ran Ubuntu for a long time, and used VirtualBox to create a Virtual Windows. Basecamp, et all won't run worth crap on Wine. And If they do, it's only very old versions.
Either a dual boot with Windows or Mac, or a Virtual Machine with Windows or Mac.
The last time was probably over 20 years ago, but I've set up dual boot a few times before and found I didn't like being locked out of the OS not booted. I wouldn't mind setting up a VM so much if there was enough horsepower on that laptop to run any Windows OS beyond the Vista (Ultimate edition) that came on it. As much as a year before Gates & Co. EOL'd it this past April, updates from MS were getting unacceptably slow (taking overnight and longer), so I manually tracked down and grabbed as many as I could determine were missing (just in case Linux didn't work out).
I've also got some legacy hardware whose drivers and apps won't run on Win 7 or later, but from what I can determine, you can't even get a reinstalled XP or Vista updated these days without knowing which updates to manually download from the MS catalog. Not planning to access the web with EOL'd Windows, I just would like to be updated to that point (plus the "emergency" ones since then) and run my perfectly functional devices without a bunch of billionaires trying to dictate when and what to toss onto the junk pile.
For years, I have been running Windows on Virtual Machines, hosted by Ubuntu Linux and now on Mac. Currently I'm using a 2012 MacBook Pro that has two dual core processors and 8 GB of memory. I first ran XP, then Win 7, until I screwed that up and ended up having to install Win 10. I let Parallels, and now Virtual Box create the default machines, which never allot more than 50% of your resources. Most of the time on 25%.
When running on a Virtual Machine, Windows is a much lighter, cleaner, and crisper OS. So long as you aren't trying to use that Virtual OS as your main operating platform. You will hardly notice any decrease of performance in either machine. Virtual Box also has a mode where the Guest Machine is integrated with your Host program, and your Windows programs will appear on your Host Desktop as if they were native, allowing both OSs access to the file systems and cut and paste.
Virtual Box is free and you should investigate it, over doing a dual boot. I didn't like that Option at all, either. The only drawback is having to have a licensed copy of Windows in addition to the OS you are using.
Although I understand their reasons, I detest MS's business model transition to supplying software as a (subscription) service and will only move off Win 7 once it's EOL, too. The last version of MSOffice I used was 2003 (on XP), switching briefly to OpenOffice, then LibreOffice, so I've already got a head start on leaving MS behind. The only way I'll run any new Windows is if it's pre-loaded on some future new piece of hardware and there's no Linux equivalent for any essential Windows-only app.
Good to hear your experience with VirtualBox's performance. Licensed copies of Windows won't be a problem, but this time I'll strip out the included Toshiba bloatware and see if I can find a list of all updates after Vista SP2 (or retail XP SP3). Of course, if MS is making it this difficult to obtain the existing updates, they probably won't be any help handling Genuine Windows authentications, either, so a little honest hacking may be required regardless.
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