Ubuntu Gusty Features Finalized!

June 19, 2007

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A post by rulus on digg.com where the feature list for Gusty has been finalized and announced by Scott James Remnant –
Ubuntu Development Manager on the Ubuntu-devel-announce maillist. Check out the release schedule here too.

-dhashi

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Vote for a Dell Ubuntu Commerical!

June 19, 2007

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Another post from Digg by AndyMeows

There’s a poll on Dell’s Ideastorm website for a Dell Ubuntu commerical. Please Vote for one!

-dhashi

See the Ubuntu Community via Ubuntu Live Stats in Real-Time!

June 18, 2007

Ubuntu Live Stats

I found great post from digg.com about Ubuntu Live Stats posted by Vinvin that allows you to see whats happening in the World of Ubuntu in real-time. Also check out Vinvin’s Blogsite – he’s got a How-To on getting Ubuntu Feisty to run off a USB memory stick.

I still have to try it out myself – I gotta find a time today to do so. I keep misplacing my Feisty iso.

-dhashi

Virtualbox 1.4.0 on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn: Installing an OS!

June 17, 2007

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So lets pick up where we left off. I’m gonna digress from using Ubuntu today because I don’t have an Ubuntu .iso on hand. Instead today, I will be using a Slax distro I have handy.

So in order to start I realized that it is easier to have Virtualbox run under using sudo. So from a terminal launch Virtualbox with the following command. You will need to enter a password.

sudo VirtualBox

VirtualBox should start up like before.

VB welcome

Now click on New to start the OS install wizard.

VB OS setup 1

Proceed by clicking Next.

VB OS setup 2

Here you want to give your Guest OS a friendly name and select the type of OS it is. Note the long list of potential Guest OS’s. Click Next to continue.

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Next you can set how much of your free memory you want to use on the OS. I recommend at least 512 MB if you can spare it. Keep in mind your Host OS needs at least 512 MB most likely to run fairly smooth. So if you have GB of memory installed, then I would suggest 512MB for the Guest OS using the slider bar in order to have a decent experience level.

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Next we need to create to a virtual drive – this will launch a new wizard to setup the drive itself.

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Click on Next to continue.

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You have a choice of dynamically growing virtual drive – I find this nice if you don’t want to preallocate all the space for the drive in advance – the downside is less performance. If you set a static drive – you’ll have a better OS experience.

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Now give the new virtual drive a friendly name and select how much space you want to specify for it. Click next to continue.

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Click Finish to finalize the virtual drive wizard.

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Now you can see your newly created drive selected – Click on Next to continue with the install.

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This will give you an overview of your choices and finalizes the setup of the new Guest OS. Back on the main screen select the newly created OS in the list and click on the CD/DVD-ROM link on the right side menu.

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Select the checkbox to activate your CD-ROM to be mounted in the virtual guest OS.

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Click on Ok to return to the main screen and click on Start on the top menu to launch your Guest OS.

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Read the message which informs you on how to jump the mouse out of the Guest OS screen (Right Ctrl button). Just click Ok to this message.

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The First Run Wizard runs – continue by clicking on Next.

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Select your choice of Media choice for install – I chose CD-ROM. Click Next to continue.

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Click finish. Now I booted off a bootable Slax Distro of Backtrack (Penetration Testing Toolkit).

Here is Backtrack starting up and loading in the next few screens. Just for any other OS, just load and install if it was a regular OS install.

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I hope this quick overview helps.

-dhashi

Virtualbox 1.4.0 on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

June 16, 2007

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I almost forgot to post about Virtualbox this week. This is a great program to try out side by side with Vmware. I’ve setup Virtualbox along side my Vmware Player 2.0 on my Ubuntu Studio installation at work. Of course I won’t recommend running both at the same time, but separately I haven’t experienced any problems. During the past week – I managed to install quite a few basic installations of Vista Business edition, Windows 2008 (aka Longhorn), Ubuntu Gusty Gibbon, and Windows XP. I can’t say I like one over the other at this point, I always like to try new virtualization products when I get a chance

Enough about my experiences, Virtualbox from Innotek can be downloaded from their website. They offer an install path for just about every OS: Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. Of course there is a Feisty installer for my i386. If you have Automatix – you have the option of installing the software from there as shown below. If you choose to use Automatix, it may not be the latest version you are installing.

Automatix - Virtualbox

If you chose a manual install, download the .deb installer file to your desktop and open a terminal shell and run the following command.

sudo dpkg -i Desktop/virtualbox_1.4.0-21864_Ubuntu_feisty_i386.deb

You will be prompted with the following screens – just use the Tab key to toggle between selections and Enter to confirm.

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Once installed you will see that Virtualbox was added to your menu under Applications > System Tools > innotek Virtualbox

Vbox Menu

Once you launch Virtualbox – you will be greeted by the Welcome message. I will go over setting up a Virtualbox Guest OS in the next post. For now read up on the user manual from their website and if you have any questions – post them up on their forum.

VB welcome

Update: 6/18/07 – Here is the continuation of this post – https://dhashi.wordpress.com/2007/06/17/virtualbox-140-on-ubuntu-feisty-fawn-installing-an-os/

-dhashi