[Ubuntu-US-PA] Ubuntu 9.10 and VirtualBox @ PASUG: Thurs, Dec 17, 2009

Elizabeth Krumbach lyz at ubuntu.com
Tue Dec 15 19:02:00 GMT 2009

Hi folks,

In case anyone is interested in coming out to Bryn Mawr (near
Philadelphia) on Thursday evening, or know anyone who would be, Fred
Stluka will be doing some demos of Ubuntu 9.10 and VirtualBox.

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From: Larry Lavins <llavins at comcast.net>
Date: Sat, Dec 12, 2009 at 7:13 PM
Subject: [pasugTALK] PASUG Mtg: Thurs, Dec 17, 2009
To: PASUG Talk <pasugTALK at yahoogroups.com>

TO: Philadelphia Alternate Systems User Group
FROM: Larry Lavins, PASUG Leader
PASUG Meeting: THURSDAY, Dec 17, 2009 7:00-10:00 PM
Bryn Mawr Community Ctr, 9 S.Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA

. *** VBOX 3.0.12 & UBUNTU 9.10 VM ***
-- Updated VBOX 3.1.0 Release --

VIRTUALBOX 3.0.12 and UBUNTU 9.10 VM
The December 17th meeting will reschedule discussions and demos
of VirtualBox 3.0.12 (see item below re new VBox 3.1.0) with the
Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) VM running as guest under Windows XP.

The VBox & Ubuntu VM installed on a Thinkpad laptop were both
accidentally trashed just before leaving home for the November
meeting. Consequently, there were no demos, but there were some
good discussions, and we welcomed new member Fred Stluka who has
a most impressive software development background.

Since the release of Ubuntu 9.10 in late October, coinciding with
a new VBox 3.0.10 release. some valuable experience has been
gained in their installations and usages. The WUBI installations
of Ubuntu were completely removed from the Thinkpad as well as a
PC used by my wife, and replaced with VBox 3.0.12 together with
Ubuntu 9.10 VM. An Ubuntu VM installed for test on an older PC
with marginal RAM ran at sub-standard speeds, so it was removed,
and the WUBI installation was retained on that system.

Since its release in late October, there have been approximately
200 Synaptic updates provided for Karmic. Many more are expected
prior to the release next April of the LTS version Ubuntu 10.04.

Sun Microsystems announced the release of VirtualBox a few days
ago and has invited interested users to join a Live Webinar on
December 16th to learn and ask questions and see live demos.
Many new features and improvements have been claimed.

The new VBox is already available for download in versions for
use under most all the usual host systems (both 32 and 64 bit).

I'll try to update the VBox in my Thinkpad prior to the November
meeting, taking precautions to insure against trashing of the
currently installed systems, such as happened last month.

At this time, my Ubuntu 9.10 VM seems to be working quite well
under the Windows XP host. But there are still some important
functions which are not yet usable here due to lack of suitable
drivers, various hardware limitations, etc. as well as my own
lack of more complete Ubuntu expertise. Until such time as I can
be comfortable with Ubuntu as a principal operating system for
my purposes, OS/2 and Windows XP will remain dominant here.

Nevertheless, Ubuntu 9.10 has been installed on a separate hard
drive, to serve as a host for a Windows XP guest VM. I plan to
install the Windows XP VM in the near future. Some discussions
on this subject will be in order for the November meeting. Any
of our folks who have already installed a Windows VM under an
Ubuntu host are encouraged to come to the November meeting to
share their experience with this.

Need a New Computer? Buy vs Build
At one time, not too many years ago, there was a very substantial
interest among PASUG membership in building one's own computer.
Since then, new technologies accompanied by large price decreases
have discouraged many folks, except hard-core hobbyists/hackers
from building their own. Even so, there may stll be good reasons
for doing so. As time may permit, let's try to have some group
discussions of this topic, on both sides of the issue.

. 7:00 - 7:30 Meeting start, announcements, etc.
. 7:30 - 8:15 VBox 3.0.12 & Ubuntu 9.10 VM: discussion & demo
8:15 - 8:30 VBox 3.1.0 release announcement & discussion
. 8:30 - 8:45 Intermission break
. 8:45 - 9:15 Ubuntu as alternate host: discussion
. 9:15 - 9:45 Need a new computer? buy vs build
. 9:45 -10:00 Close. Pack-up & exit building by 10:00pm
- - - - -
Mark the date and time: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17th at 7:00pm.
PASUG meetings are open and free for all users, their guests
and others interested in learning about OS/2, Linux & their
associated technologies. Please try to be on time promptly
by 7:00pm to avoid missing earlier parts of the meeting.


PASUG meetings are held at the Bryn Mawr Community Center, next
to Ludington Library, at the corner of Lancaster and Bryn Mawr
Avenues, Bryn Mawr, PA. on the 4th Thursdays of Jan to Oct, and
the 3rd Thursdays in Nov and Dec.

Directions to the Bryn Mawr Community Center (BMCC) and other
useful information about the PASUG activities may be found on
our web site at http://www.pasug.org; or contact Larry Lavins,
U/G Leader: llavins at comcast.net, or phone (215) 878-9608.
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