Linux vs Windows

Whether you are a Linux or Windows user, there always comes a time when you wish to run different software using another operating system. Many of us are not able to solve this problem and may end up opting to change their operating systems altogether just so that they can run their software. However, even if you are a developer looking for a more powerful platform to run your command line, you can still do all that Linux offers without uninstalling Windows, for example dual booting.

Currently, many options are available that allow you to run most, if not all Linux software on Windows 7. Today we are going to look at the options that do not require software licenses or massive technological know-how.  Ready? Here goes the list:

Virtual Machines

Virtual machines are important when you want to run other operating system alongside your current one. What’s more, this is run in a window at your desktop, thus easy to access and manage. They come in two installation options: the free virtual box, or the VMware player. You can also download an ISO for Linux based distributions in the virtual machine such as Ubuntu, install Linux distribution in the virtual machine just as you would install it in a normal computer. The main benefit of the virtual machines is you can just access Linux by opening a window on your desktop, saving you time from having to reboot your PC.

Now while using Windows then want to boot your Linux Operating System, you do not have to turn off your PC. Just open a window on your desktop and launch it. Apart from high memory games and applications, both the two operating systems will work just fine.


This is a more technical approach but would still be simple, especially for someone interested in using more than one operating system like you. Wubi doesn’t run Linux alongside windows 7, but instead installs it in your hard drive so a reboot is required each time you want to switch Operating systems.


Cygwin Terminal

Having a combination of tools to give the user a Linux-like environment on Windows, Cygwin does not run any existing software on windows, but instead the software has to be recompiled first. No need to panic about this though, because lots of Linux software has been compiled already.

Cooperative Linux Based Distributors

This is a way that allows users to run Linux Kernel alongside the Windows kernel, offering a faster performance when compared to running Linux using virtual machine. Although this idea sounds very efficient, it’s not a solution for Linux for windows 7. Its problem has to be the fact that it only supports 32 bit windows operating systems only as the 64 bit versions are yet to be released. Seriously, who still uses x86 based operating systems?

Related: How to Use Linux Commands on Windows Server

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