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My PC is running Windows 7, I need to install Ubuntu for some development (Python / django / etc). Considering the need of running quite memory-consuming apps (like Aptana and/or other Eclipse based IDEs) what are pros & cons of each of following choices:

  • native (parallel) installation
  • wubi
  • virtualization (Windows 7 + VirtualBOX hosting Ubuntu guest)

I'm just used to developing under Ubuntu, but now I have the new machine which need to run Windows 7 (VisualStudio) and wondering which is the best choice.

What is the real penalty of running under VirtualBox? The adventage is no rebooting and saving the session...

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As far as I can see, a native install will have the best performance. With virtualization you can get good performance, too.

For the virtualization case, check this question on Unix & Linux: Any reason NOT to run Linux in a VM all the time?. If your hardware is sufficiently powerful (a good amount of RAM, mostly), there should be no problem.

As for Wubi, the Wubi install might have a small performance hit if the partition is fragmented (Wubi installs to a "disk image"), also it might get damaged if the Windows partition gets corrupted.

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12GB of RAM but most likely extending to 16. Is that a "good amount" for virtualizing Ubuntu + heavy Eclipse IDE? – michal Sep 25 '12 at 16:54
@michal Yes, with this you can easily give 2 or 4 GB RAM to the VM which should be more than enough. – Renan Sep 25 '12 at 16:55
thanks, but still I'm wondering what is the penalty of virtualization. can I check it somehow, like benchmarking the CPU with the same tool under (native) Windows and (virtualized) Ubuntu? – michal Sep 25 '12 at 17:47

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