1. What if I want safety and stability and features of linux, but I also want Windows for playing games and running Abobe stuff?
2. What if I have a dual core or quad core, but BF4 is optimized for 8 cores and I don't want to buy a new machine?
3. What if I need fast graphics with all the proprietary trimmings but I want a completely free and open source system because I want to take control over my own PC, instead of being a marionette for some big corporation and a bunch of hackers?
- You install the linux distro of your preference on your PC as the only operating system on bare metal.
- You install virt-manager, and QEmu-kvm from your distro's trusted repos.
- You start the virtualization service in terminal by typing as root "systemctl enable libvirtd.service", and check to make sure that it's running with "systemctl status libvirtd.service".
- You reboot the machine.
- You start virt-manager (shows up as "Virtual Machine Manager" in your application menu), and enter the root password to let it access system functionality).
- You click "new virtual machine", select install from DVD, insert the Windows DVD of your choice, and install windows as you would normally.
- Set set the virtual machine preferences to use the maximum system resources virt-manager allows you to (which would be all except about 500 MB of RAM if you have VT-d/AMD-Vi, and all-1 cores and all-a little GPU memory if you don't).
- You set the network interface of the virtual machine to bridged.
- If it runs too slow, you turn up the KSM a bit, probably not necessary at all.
- You take a snapshot of the virtual machine for when it breaks. You can also set up an overlay file to restore data to the virtual machine to save space and have extra flexibility.
- Enjoy Windows the way it should have been from the start, fast, secure, instant-repairable.
- You're already running Windows in a virtual machine in linux, so you're good to go for conning Windows into thinking it's running on an octocore machine;
- You set QEMU in virt-manager to eight cores;
- You start your Windows virtual machine and open system info, and see that you are now running on an octocore machine;
- You play BF4 in Windows on an octocore machine.
- You don't need to do anything, because you have already got Windows running in a secure virtual machine in linux.
- You tell others to do the same.
Any further questions or remarks?