Creating a virtual Ubuntu machine
June 11, 2007
Today I was toying around with Ubuntu 7.04 and tried to create a virtual machine via Microsoft’s Virtual PC 2007. That didn’t go too well, the reasons being:
- Graphics problems (VPC can’t handle 24-bit graphics, which is solved by installing it in safe mode)
- The network didn’t work
- The mouse didn’t work (possible solution)
I gave up and decided to go for VMware’s free virtualization software instead. First I downloaded VMware Server to install on my XP laptop. Not very stable, so I went on to install it on my Win 2k3 Virtual PC-machine. Just caused it to crash constantly. So I downloaded WMvare Player, which runs on client operating systems instead. And then I used these instructions to create a VMware machine without the VMware server. Just be sure to make the virtual hard drive bigger than 2 gigabytes and you’re good to go (I set it to 16 Gb) because if you don’t, the installation will freeze with no further explanation. Oh yes, I made that mistake.
I also used WMvare Player to run my vpc-machines with Win2k3. I’ve heard a lot about VMware being so much faster than Microsoft’s stuff, but I don’t know yet. Will try it for a while and see.