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How to use virtualisation software

Get the best of Windows and Linux on one PC

Run a virtual appliance in VMware Player

1. Download and install VMware Player and the virtual appliance for Damn Small Linux (DSL). We've chosen DSL because, at 49MB, it's a small download. The process is much the same whichever virtual appliance you use, however.

VMware Player - Step 1

2. Start VMware Player. From the main interface click Commands, Open. Browse to the DSL file that you downloaded in step 1 and click ok. You'll now see the boot sequence start for your virtual appliance. After this, you'll be prompted to press Enter to begin or F2 and F3 for boot options.

VMware Player - Step 2

3. If you press Enter, nothing will happen. That's because input from the keyboard is currently directed to the host OS (Windows). Instead, press Ctrl, G to direct input to Damn Small Linux and press Enter. DSL will boot in the VMware window. This will start up the guest OS.

VMware Player - Step 3

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