I am a Windows guy, no experience on Linux at all. Some time ago I decided to start playing with Linux. I had Vista installed on my laptop (from factory), and I hated it, very slow, lots of problems, mainly when I had to access our office’s VPN. So, since I had 2 hard-drives in the laptop, I decided to install OpenSuse 11 on the second one. With the help of a friend developer, we installed it successfully, but I lost the Vista boot from the first-drive, it seems that the OpenSuse installation messed up with the boot record on the first drive.

I immediately restored my laptop, with the factory disk, to Vista again. I had to install CF, SQL, Eclipse and all the development stuff again under VIsta. Lots of work.That lasted only few months when I started having problems again with Vista.

This time though, I decided to play with Ubuntu. I burned a CD with Ubunto 8.10 deleted all partitions of all my drives in the laptop and began a clean installation of Ubunto on the first drive. Success ! Everything ran smoothly. Then I downloaded and installed  VirtualBox from Sun, installed Windowx XP and updated it to SP3. Now I have the perfect environment to start working and playing. Under Windows XP I installed Eclipse, CFEclipse plugin,  Subversion (SVN), Cisco VPN Client, MS SQL2005 client tools, and checked out some projects from our SVN repository. I then installed Apache Web Server and ColdFusion Developer Edition.

My concerns were that my laptop drivers would not be compatible with Windows XP, but so far so good, everything is working fine, even the webcam. So no Vista anymore, got my old buddy Windows XP plus a chance to play with Linux and learn more.

7 thoughts on “ColdFusion Under Windows XP/Ubuntu

  1. Stupid question – but why didn’t you just install Eclipse, CFEclipse, your SVN tools etc under Ubuntu, and then just use the SQL2005 tools under your VM?

    Most of the tools, you’ve listed will run under Ubuntu.

    But welcome to the Ubuntu club, I think you will enjoy your stay 😀

  2. Just so you know Coldfusion runs fine in Ubuntu as do many SVN clients, Apache and Eclipse and you would only need the Vm for MSSQL and the Enterprise Manager which you could run in Unity mode. Thats if you decide to use Linux as your main OS.

  3. @Mark & Paul
    Thanks for your comments.
    I just don’t have enough experience in Linux to start working right away with it. So I installed all the tools I need to continue my work in Windows.
    Of course I will research and eventually install everything under Ubuntu, leaving only the SQL part to Windows.
    Thanks for the welcome to the Ubuntu community, I’m sure I’ll enjoy a lot, it seems a strong community like our ColdFusion one.

  4. Ricardo, I read your post with great interest as it is exactly what I want to do. I will however take Mark and Paul’s advice and install CF under Ubuntu. Q (may be to Mark and Paul more than to Ricardo): Can I use the windows version of CF or do I need a special ubunto CF?

  5. ColdFusion9 Developer Edition and SQLServer2008 R2 Express work just fine on Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. No need for Vista or even XP.

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