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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpyoldcomputerguy View Post
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    If it wasn't for AutoCAD I would be running Linux only. Cannot get it to run correctly in any emulator or virtual machine.

    If you have a big enough machine, meaning good INTEL CPU, minimum 16GB ram, etc., you can run linux and run Windows 7 or 8, and maybe 10 as a virtual machine, in a sandbox type configuration. I used to do that for our users before I retired and they loved it. I put an icon on the linux desktop for the Windows to start up and run. Just a thought. PM me if you want to know more about virtual machines. Or not. Lol.
    I've been fooling with Linux since 1995. Done a lot with it.

    I tried WINE. I tried VMWare Player. I think I tried a Window$ 7 VM under Ubuntu. No joy.
    Might have to try it again though.

    My zBook has an i7 CPU and 16GB of ram with a dedicated Nvidia video card. Awesome machine.

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    Not trying to hi jack this OP but I am in need of a new laptop computer, mine has a built in Abacus instead of calculator! ...about 10 years old and been looking ....what is a Chromebook? Are they good?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark7mod0 View Post
    Not trying to hi jack this OP but I am in need of a new laptop computer, mine has a built in Abacus instead of calculator! ...about 10 years old and been looking ....what is a Chromebook? Are they good?
    I don't have any personal experience with the Chromebook so can't help there. Hopefully some folks will come along to help out. If you don't get enough responses in this thread definitely start a thread of your own on the subject.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark7mod0 View Post
    Not trying to hi jack this OP but I am in need of a new laptop computer, mine has a built in Abacus instead of calculator! ...about 10 years old and been looking ....what is a Chromebook? Are they good?
    If all you want to do is internet and email the Chromebook will work just fine. A Chromebook is more akin to a smart phone that can't make phone calls than it is to a traditional computer. If you need to do much else with it look elsewhere. a Chromebook doesn't have a traditional hard drive. Instead it has flash storage - usually 16 or 32GB, so you can't really save much to it. Your storage and your applications will live "in the cloud." You could attach an external USB hard drive if you wanted to, though. I also doubt a Chromebook will last as long as your old laptop has. Most are made with pretty low end parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark7mod0 View Post
    Not trying to hi jack this OP but I am in need of a new laptop computer, mine has a built in Abacus instead of calculator! ...about 10 years old and been looking ....what is a Chromebook? Are they good?
    Dennisturner did a good job of explaining the Chromebook. They are good for that..... now your computer is 10 years old? All 4 of ours are that old. The wife's runs win 10, all the others run Ubuntu Mate 16.04. Its one of the Linux OS's ( or distros)....They run fine and I do not have any issues with the Linux OS.
    I recommend you try Ubuntu Mate or XFCE, or maybe Linux Mint Cinnamon or Mate, or XFCE before you spend money on a new computer or Chromebook.
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    Chromebooks are great for surfing the web. The operating system is Google's proprietary version of Linux (ChromeOS). It's like a tablet but with a keyboard. They are pretty much locked down unless you enable developer mode, then it's more like a full fledged computer. ChromeOS is safe from viruses by and large. The office suite is Google Docs, so your docs and spreadsheets are up online. The biggest downside is that they are cheaply made generally and not particularly fast. The batteries last about 200 charging cycles. I've been using Samsung Chromebook 3's that only ran me $100-150. The biggest upside is that closing the lid puts it in sleep mode and that works flawlessly (unlike Windows laptops which always seem to hiccup coming off sleep mode), so I can close the lid and throw it in a carry bag then pick right up where I left off. Battery life is 7 hours plus. These Samsungs weigh well under 3 pounds, pleasantly light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwhite View Post
    I've been fooling with Linux since 1995. Done a lot with it.

    I tried WINE. I tried VMWare Player. I think I tried a Window$ 7 VM under Ubuntu. No joy.
    Might have to try it again though.

    My zBook has an i7 CPU and 16GB of ram with a dedicated Nvidia video card. Awesome machine.
    We ran VirtualBox with very good luck. It was very stable once installed correctly. Eventually we ended up running VBox Linux servers inside Linux servers for our gateways to the outside world. Made it easy to isolate attempted hacks, virus, etc., and always kept a copy ready to re-install. Anyway, that's how we did it. VMware works well but we had better luck with Vbox. You do have to load the correct kernel with Vbox.
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    [QUOTE=grumpyoldcomputerguy;5480129]
    Quote Originally Posted by dwhite View Post
    I've been fooling with Linux since 1995. Done a lot with it.

    I tried WINE. I tried VMWare Player. I think I tried a Window$ 7 VM under Ubuntu. No joy.
    Might have to try it again though.

    My zBook has an i7 CPU and 16GB of ram with a dedicated Nvidia video card. Awesome machine. /QUOTE]


    We ran VirtualBox with very good luck. It was very stable once installed correctly. Eventually we ended up running VBox Linux servers inside Linux servers for our gateways to the outside world. Made it easy to isolate attempted hacks, virus, etc., and always kept a copy ready to re-install. Anyway, that's how we did it. VMware works well but we had better luck with Vbox. You do have to load the correct kernel with Vbox.

    I've used VirtualBox for a couple of years at work (my employer wasn't interested in buying VMWare) and I'm pretty impressed with it. I've only used it with Linux (both RHEL and Lubuntu) so I don't know if it is as diverse as VMWare in running various different OS's. I've used VMWare for 20 years or more and while it has its quirks, it is very stable. If I didn't have a VMWare license, I wouldn't hesitate to use VirtualBox at home, considering it is free and has been very stable in the limited role I use it.
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    TY for the replies to my question. Looks like Chromebook is not what I am looking for. Appreciate the help.
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    Windows is why I run a Mac. I used Parallels for a few years for a work required Windows program.
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