XP-Replacement for Parents

Raphael Mankin raph at mankin.org.uk
Thu Mar 27 20:08:15 GMT 2014

On Thu, 2014-03-27 at 17:34 +0000, Smylers wrote:
> David Cantrell writes:
> > On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 03:21:02PM +0000, Smylers wrote:
> > 
> > > Note my concerns weren't about the OS's user interface, but scanner
> > > support and a couple of decades' worth of WordPerfect documents.
> > 
> > Assuming that Ubuntu supports the scanner, WordPerfect could run
> > inside a WinXP VM.
> Thank you for the suggestion; I hadn't thought of that.
> Does that avoid the security problems with running XP directly?

Provided that your mother does not do any internet access from the VM.
You can set up the networking so that it is *not* forwarded outside the
host machine.

> Also, would the XP that came with the laptop work in a VM?

Should do, I have it running on my Ubuntu laptop. If you have an
installation CD just create a VM and install XP.

> When I most recently bought myself a laptop it came with Windows, and I
> enquired with knowledgeable Linux types about running it in VirtualBox.
> They said that the OEM Windows I had was tied to running directly on the
> hardware, and also its license wouldn't permit running it in a VM.
> Smylers

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