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Re: st: Dual Boot XP32 & Linux?

From   Jeph Herrin <>
Subject   Re: st: Dual Boot XP32 & Linux?
Date   Thu, 18 Oct 2007 14:46:00 -0400

I feel your pain. I would be much happier running Linux
if not for the collaborative need to run MS-Office.

For a while I used Linux with VMWare - this is a software
layer that lets you created a virtual machine into which
you can install eg 32-bit XP; the virtual machine runs in
an X-window and shares files easily with the underlying
Linux machine. I found the technology robust though the
Win apps ran noticably slower than under 'real' Win - yet
that was several hardware generations ago.

hope this helps,

J. Michael Oakes wrote:
Friends - I am in market for new PC and wanted advice in terms of Stata memory access. Sorry if my question has already been answered; I searched archive but found nothing directly relevant.

Most of my work outside Stata is with MS-Office, Endnote and ArcMap-GIS software. While I like some open-source products, I use MS and Endnote for easy compatibility with colleagues.

When it comes to the OS for new machine I note a serious compatibility issue with Endnote; it does not run on Linux and does not play well with Win-64 machines. I rely on Endnote and compatibility with co-authors is essential.

Most of my Stata work requires < 1GB memory access, but occasionally I need 2-5 GB access.

Accordingly, I am leaning toward dual boot box with XP-32 as default and ability to boot into Ubuntu 7.xx for larger RAM access when needed.

With respect to Stata (or even other progs), anything I need to know? Anyone have good/bad experience same set-up?

Obviously I would purchase proper Stata licenses (currently run 10-MP).

Thanks - Michael

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