We are in the process of transitioning all of our servers at work from Fedora to Ubuntu. I am also working on the development of an application that will be distributed as a VM running Ubuntu. For a geek, Ubuntu is like a little slice of heaven amid the hell that is the Windows operating system (with the one huge exception of the Mac OS – my goodness is that thing awesome).
When I last installed Linux on a machine at work I installed it as a dual boot between Windows XP and Fedora 7. On my laptop that I use at home I have Ubuntu 8.04 installed. I installed it using Wubi, the Windows Ubuntu Installer application that actual creates an instance of Ubuntu running as a Windows app but in a state identical to a dual boot setup. It runs clean, but is a bit buggy and cumbersome and requires a reboot to go from Windows to Linux.
So today a colleague of mine sent me a link on how to set up Ubuntu 8.10 as a Virtual PC. So I followed the instructions that started with …
Installing Ubuntu 8.10 under Virtual PC 2007 is the easiest version to install by far, if you have all your bits in the right place.
… and I gotta tell you it was just that easy. The only thing I did different was allocate 32G of hard disk instead of the 16G recommended in the article. But everything worked quite literally the way arcanecode’s article said it would.
I am jazzed. So jazzed that I may just do this all over again for Fedora 10. I have been meaning to play with that for a while now, too.