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There are numerous reasons why someone would use a virtual machine on his/her computer. One of the reasons is to actual learn an operating system. Another one and probably most common is to test things out before actually implementing in a production environment. For all geeks out there creating vms, docker containers and the likes it's actually a...hobby!
Let's start with a simple guide in order to install Ubuntu 20.10 Desktop Edition.
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In the IT world, apart from strategic design, you have to get your hands dirty. Unfortunately it's not always easy to test everything at work, even if you have a staging environment. The best thing to do before testing on production is to test at home! VMware often comes to the rescue.
Either you are on Windows , Linux on MAC, VMWare can be installed so as to virtualize everything. VMware workstation is an " industry standard for running multiple operating systems as virtual machines on a single Windows, Linux PC". For MAC users the product is VMWare Fusion.
It's a hypervisor or virtual machine monitor, that creates and runs virtual machines1. At first i have to say that you can do the same things, more or less with the free Oracle Virtual Box. For me VMWare is a more mature software, a leader in it's field and with way better feature-set and GUI.