[ubuntu-uk] Installing Ubuntu using wubi on Vista Home machine.....

Neil Greenwood neil.greenwood.lug at gmail.com
Wed May 20 21:32:26 BST 2009

2009/5/20 John <jakewc2 at sky.com>:
> Sean Miller wrote:
>> Virtual machine is something like Sun's Virtualbox or VMWare.
>> Virtualbox is, imho, better for running things like Linux.
>> Some screenshots here...
>> http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Screenshots
>> Let's say you install Virtualbox on a Vista machine.  You then go into
>> it and say "Create Virtual Machine", tell it how much memory to give
>> it and how much disk space.  It then effectively boots into a BIOS
>> type screen and will say "no operating system installed", so you stick
>> in a Ubuntu CD, try it again and it'll hopefully install the operating
>> system.
>> Once installed you open virtualbox, say "start virtual machine" and it
>> starts in a window.  You can use the right-ctrl key and F together to
>> toggle between windowed and full screen.
>> So if, for instance, you don't want to use Vista at all you just boot
>> into it, start the virtual machine and then do right-ctrl-F and forget
>> Vista is even there.
>> But if you have a decent sized resolution better, maybe, to run the
>> Linux in a window - you should be able to cut and paste between the
>> two as well, I believe.
>> Sean
> Hiya,
> that sounds really interesting. I was just wondering, is there a version
> that will install on XP so I can run Ubuntu in that?

Yep, it's multi-platform and there are binaries available for Linux,
Windows and (if I recall correctly) Mac too.

The configuration works the same on both Linux and Windows.

There's a version for Ubuntu in the repositories (i.e. you can install
it using the Synaptic package manager or the Add/Remove Programs
option). There's a Windows installer at http://www.virtualbox.org


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