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Running Ubuntu 10.10 in a Virtual Machine


Windows 7 and Ubuntu

Ever feel like you have been chained to your current operating system? Have you thought about switching to something new before but never got around to finding the right one? Well here is your chance to explore something new. Ubuntu 10.10 released this past October and has amazed me the more I started using it. Many people may feel scared to leave their current setting because they have all of their settings and programs just the way they like them. What if I told you that you could have both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10 on the same machine? This guide will show you how to install Ubuntu 10.10 inside of a virtual machine.

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8 Comments... What's your say?

  1. I want to uninstall again
    but im all over the place with confusion
    someone want to give me the skinny?

  2. Another tip. It will by default only give you an 800×600 virtual screen. To increase that, start Ubuntu in the Virtual machine, and then select the menu item in the virtual window (not in Ubuntu) Devices>Install Guest additions.

    This mounts a virtual CD in Ubuntu, which you can auto run. This installs some extra stuff in Ubuntu. Restart Ubuntu, and you will have a larger screen.

    • Thanks Steven for your input! When I went to boot up the Virtual Machine for the first time after Ubuntu was installed, I never had a problem with it wanting to install again. It is a great idea however just to make sure that you don’t mess anything up. Glad to see the article was of use to you!

  3. Thanks for this, it really got me started, and works a treat. One thing you have to do after running it the first time is change the boot order on the virtual machine, otherwise the install Ubuntu dialogue will come up each time.

    To do this, go to Settings>System>Boot order. You can just un-check “CD/DVD ROM”, and from then on it will boot from the virtual HD instead of the virtual Ubuntu CD.

  4. I have found that having a virtual linux installation makes available all the greatness of linux while allowing you to still have a user friendly OS (not to incite a flame war or anything). I once used a virtual linux installation with 10 NICs and 4 extra vnics per NIC because there were 5 gateways to link through. Why would I do this? The apt complex I lived in had a 100kb/s speed cap per IP. Quick, what is 10 NICs time 5 Gateways? The answer is 50 IPs. What is 50 * 100kb/s? A 5 MEGABYTE PER SECOND TUBE for massive torrenting greatness. Bandwidth aggregation aside, it definitely has its uses as far as development is concerned. Having both Windows and Linux available is a uniquely useful combination in the right situation.

    Good article, very thorough 😉


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