Run Ubuntu and Windows together

By   |  February 7, 2008

The Ubuntu Linux distribution now includes virtualisation software Parallels in its partner repository. The move by Canonical, commercial sponsors of Ubuntu Linux, is a first for Ubuntu as Parallels is a commercial package and not free to use. However, by including Parallels in the partner repository Ubuntu users are able to easily install it should they want to use it. Installing Parallels using the Ubuntu package management tools will make it much simpler for users to install the software rather than installing from the command line.

To date the partner repository in Ubuntu has been reserved for software such as Opera, which is free to use but is not free software. Parallels is neither free to use nor free software. However, users are able to install a free trial version using the Ubuntu package management tools and then purchase a licence from the Ubuntu online store.

No doubt many free software purists will baulk at the idea of including commercial software in the partner repository but Ubuntu is not the first Linux distribution to do this. Linspire’s Click-n-Run package management programme has included commercial programs in its repositories for some time now.

The partner repository is also not enabled by default in Ubuntu so most users will not come in contact with it unless they actually choose to add the partner repository. Instructions on adding the partner repository to a system can be found on the Ubuntu Guide site.



7 Responses to “Run Ubuntu and Windows together”

  1. christooss
    February 7th, 2008 @ 10:06 pm

    Sorry to bother its not commercial that we fear of its Proprietiery Software!

    I will try this Parallel thingo but I don’t think I will use it.

  2. jelle
    February 7th, 2008 @ 10:54 pm

    Virtualbox is an opensource alternative, easy to use. I use it to test the new Ubuntu Hardy version

  3. tracyanne
    February 7th, 2008 @ 11:04 pm

    Why would I want to buy Parallels when I get VirtualBox for free and it’s also FOSS. And on my Mandriva System it’s a no brainer to set up, probably because in general Mandriva is easier to set up and use than Ubuntu.

  4. Alastair Otter
    February 8th, 2008 @ 6:46 am

    You’re right. It’s proprietary software that I was talking about but neglected to say that specifically. My mistake.

    @jelle & tracyanne
    Good points. There are free alternatives but adding Parallels to the mix gives users the option for those that already use Parallels or have chosen to us it specifically for some reason.

  5. Nemilar
    February 8th, 2008 @ 8:32 pm

    I’ve posted a review on the four different virtualization products available for Linux (VirtualBox, VMware, Parallels, and Qemu) on my site:

  6. Ashwini Malaiya
    April 14th, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

    Running ubuntu and windows both–

    When ubuntu is installed it changes the MBR (Master Boot Record) and then windows cannot be used. To reuse the windows the MBR has to fixed again by repairing and then ubuntu don’t work.

    Kindly provide solution for this too.

  7. christooss
    April 14th, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

    Ahwini this si soo not true boot ubuntu windowsxp&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=com.ubuntu:en-US:unofficial&client=firefox-a

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