Since moving companies over a year ago I've missed my Ubuntu desktop having moved back to development on Windows. I've had a few comments that some of my old Ubuntu blog posts are now out of date and I've wanted a way to ensure that they remain 'correct'.
After discussing virtualisation with a friend I opted to install VirtualBox - an open source virtualization tool which is free and easy to get going. This blog post contains my installation notes from installing VirtualBox and then creating an Ubuntu9 virtual machine...
First I downloaded the latest version of VirtualBox (version 3.0.0) and selected the "VirtualBox 3.0.0 for Windows hosts". Then I downloaded the latest version of the Ubuntu Desktop edition.
After both of these were fully downloaded I double-clicked the VirtualBox installer and choose to install everything.
- When the "not passed Windows Logo testing" alerts pop-up choose to "Continue anyway" then register if you wish.
- Once it's all installed run VirtualBox and click "New" to create a new virtual machine.
- On the "VM Name and OS Type" page I entered "Ubuntu9" as the name, and for the operating System I chose "Linux" and "Ubuntu" as the version. On the "Memory" page I chose the default option, same for the "Virtual Hard Disk" setup.
- Within the "New Disk Wizard" I chose "dynamically expanding storage" for the "Hard Disk Storage Type".
- Right-click "Ubuntu9" and choose "Settings...":
- Click "CD/DVD-ROM" on the left-handside, then click "Mount CD/DVD Drive", choose "ISO Image File" and click the folder icon to the right-handside:
- The Virtual Media Manager windows appears.
Click "Add" and browse to where the downloaded Ubuntu ISO image was saved and click "Open". Then click "Select".
- You will now be back at the Settings window, just click "Ok"
- Now select "Ubuntu9" and then click the "Start" button
Ubuntu will start to install and load up the Gnome based installation wizard.
- Select your language, timezone and keyboard layout when prompted.
- You will now be presented with the disk formatting screen - choose "SCSI1 (0,0,0) (sda) 8.6GB ATA VBOX HARDDISK"
- Enter some user information and login details and then click the "Install" button - this was a little scary as the host box is my main PC and although I'm running the installation via the VirtualBox it's still felt strange thinking that I might be clicking to reformat my main drive with Linux...
If everything went ok you should now now be able to un-mount the Ubuntu disk image (via the Settings option) and start up your new Ubuntu machine:
That's it you can now use Ubuntu as if it was installed as your primary OS!
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