On Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:02:07 -0400
Do you know if those OEM $39
distros will actually work in Virtualbox?
I bought the cheapest OEM Windows 7 I could find from
a legitimate source (I don't remember how much I paid,
I think it was 50 or 60 bucks). I was able to install it
fine using virt-manager. This was before Windows 10,
so when Windows 10 came around, I upgraded the VM,
which took forever, but worked, so I now have a Windows 10
I use a read only qcow2 base image with the running
system in a read/write qcow2, so if I ever have any
problems, I can just revert back to the base.
Whenever I happen to feel like killing time, I can boot directly
in the base, apply Windows updates, and make a new more
up-to-date base image.
I use the redhat virtual disk and network drivers and such
to get good performance and cut & paste support, etc (I
swear they move the "official" location to find them every
two or three weeks though, so don't ask me where they are
The only thing that doesn't work with qemu is 3D graphics
(there are various rumors of projects to provide it, but
I don't think anything real exists yet). This isn't usually
a problem, but it did prevent me from running the software
for my 3D scanner in a virtual machine because it insisted
on open GL.