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would a vm workstation running a client of Windows XP or Windows 7 run faster in Ubuntu than on a Windows 7 pc?

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I'm not sure I understand the question. Sounds to me that you're asking if it's faster to run a Windows XP/Windows 7 VM and Ubuntu at the same time? The answer in that case is that it's always better to run an Operating System by itself then running two OS' at the same time. –  jrg Feb 1 '11 at 14:48

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This very much depends on your hardware. It's impossible to answer, you can only try out both.

However: If there is a difference, it won't be massive.

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