Running Linux on Windows with Vagrant

Testing Linux software on Windows with Vagrant

There is no magic, you will not able to run a Linux software natively on Windows without third-parties addon.

But thanks to a lot of vendor, you have virtualization tools available for doing your tests.
Everything that has been tested and presented on this site, if not done directly on physical Linux host, has been done with the help of a virtualization software.
Even if your host OS is Linux, there are advantages to use the virtualization:
  • ¬†you can use different version of your distribution


With a market share into the entreprise segment more and more growing, and also to stay aligned with a demand of Cloud enabled technology, it was normal for Linux to support tools for virtualization. As a precurseur, Vmware did support the Linux operating system since its early beginning. But now, the market is wide open to other solutions too.
Starting as open source alternative to the first commercial solution that Vmware was, these alternative solutions have been acquired / integrated into sophisticated commercial solutions.
The valid alternatives to Vmware are :