Practical Virtualization with VirtualBox - Final Thoughts
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There are plenty of practical uses for a virtualized operating system environment. IT professionals make good use of virtualization for their sandboxing strategies.
A sandbox, in terms of computer security, means a place where untrusted programs and other stuff can be tested out. Generally, these environments are tightly secured and the user can monitor closely the behavior of the tested applications.
For you as a home user, this basically could mean that you can try out things you are afraid of doing on your machine. Despite the latest advances in terms of the graphical user interface of many Linux distributions, there are still many people that are “afraid” of trying a Linux operating system. They may have heard lots of horror stories about how tough it is to work with Linux, or probably how the installation “got rid” of their main operating system—even if this was caused by the user during the re-partitioning.
A virtualized operating system is also great when, for whatever reason, you have to have two OSes up and running at the same time and can’t afford to use two individual systems.
As a matter of fact, it's beautiful to have a dual-screen setup, one for the main OS, and another one for the virtualized OS. That’s comfortable!
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