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I've installed a Ubuntu 12.10 virtually with Vmware 9.0 and it works fine with me.

My question: what's the difference (advantages/drawbacks) between installing Ubuntu physically on a hard drive and virtually by Vmware


  1. Effect on running programs and using for programming
  2. CPU usage and memory
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This really isn't an issue. It's more like a question, because there is nothing wrong. An issue is when you have a problem. – horIzoN Mar 5 '13 at 15:41

The basic difference is that VM is sharing your RAM and CPU with your primary OS, but installing physically it can use all your RAM space, so VM is less efficient. I’m not sure about the rest.

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