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Date:      Wed, 25 Mar 2009 10:14:51 -0400
From:      Jerry McAllister <>
To:        Harold Hartley <>
Subject:   Re: installing freebsd on windows
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On Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 09:12:39PM -0400, Harold Hartley wrote:

> I am wondering if the freebsd team has ever thought of making freebsd to 
> install on windows like ubuntu does.

I don't know what Ubuntu does.  But, you can install FreeBSD on a machine
that also runs MS-Win.   The traditional way is to 'dual-boot' the machine.
But, you can also install some virtual machine software and run both
under that.  You can also install wine and run MS-Win stuff on FreeBSD.
There are some limits to that I think, but people do it.
I run a dual (or triple) boot.  It is documented in the handbook 
and works just fine.

> I'm just a person that can't afford more than one computer cause I live 
> in a nursing home and I would like to be able to use one computer to 
> choose what I want to boot into, such as windows or unbuntu and maybe a 
> freebsd choice.
> I don't always want to boot into windows, except for the 3 apps I have 
> to use windows for.

Basically, that is what I do.   Mostly I boot FreeBSD and use it for
my desktop.  But, sometimes I need to use Photoshop which I have on
the MS-Win side and printing labels seems to work better with Word
than Openoffice, so I boot MS-Win for those.


> I do boot into ubuntu 90% of the time and enjoy it so much, but I have 
> read about freebsd and researched it fully and I wish I could be able to 
>  run freebsd as with all the apps freebsd has to offer. I would love to 
> be able to install freebsd under windows so I could choose freebsd to 
> boot into when I want.
> I hope to hear from freebsd about my request, and by the way, I'm not a 
> linux expert so I don't know everything about linux, but I'm always 
> learning.
> Thanks
> Harold Hartley
> 158 Russell Street
> Lewiston, Maine 04240
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