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Date:      Wed, 26 Jun 2013 06:40:28 -0600 (MDT)
From:      Warren Block <>
To:        David Demelier <>
Cc:        Mike Jeays <>,
Subject:   Re: Hello
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <>
References:  <> <20130625224154.6ab8c1c6@europa> <>

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On Wed, 26 Jun 2013, David Demelier wrote:

> 2013/6/26 Mike Jeays <>:
>> On Wed, 26 Jun 2013 08:56:59 +1000
>> julius <> wrote:
>>> Which BSD for a user desktop ??!.
>>> I all ready have Linux mint but I like to try again, in the past I have
>>> use it but no luck in dual booting system with windows and I have try to
>>> follow youtube BSD users that gave instructions on the BSD and no luck.
>>> Everybody that I watch in youtube for instruction it hasn't work even
>>> loading the BSD on is own hasn't work.So which BSD for a user desktop??!
>>> Thank you
>> PC-BSD is a good place to start; it makes installation easy.
>> I prefer running Windows in a VM under VirtualBox to dual-booting. Switching
>> between the two is much faster, and you can make the host file system visible
>> to the guest with Samba.
> The only drawback of this is performance. Or you have a very powerful
> machine :-)

The VM guests run pretty quick, at least if the host CPU has VT-x or 
AMD-V.  Check the BIOS, Intel VT-x is sometimes disabled there.  I have 
not benchmarked but would estimate it to be 80-90% equivalent CPU speed, 
maybe a bit less for disk I/O depending on the virtual disk type.

Windows in a VM also has the benefit of being able to move the VM to a 
different host without having to reinstall the operating system in the 
VM.  But overall, the best feature is that the VM host and guest run at 
the same time.

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