Tips & tricks - Running Ubuntu under Windows XP

Well, I’m ashamed. It’s not even a tip as the whole trick will take you less than 10 minutes to perform (assuming you already have the files handy). VMWare did an astonishing job with their freeware player. It basically lets you run simply any virtual machine build with their workstation application. By virtual machine, read “Another OS”. To make things understandable, imagine running a linux OS in a window on your windows XP desktop.

Nothing new here, but their application is so neat, running flawlessly, that it’s becoming user friendly enough for your grandma. In a nutshell, it means launching Ubuntu (”Linux for human beings”, based on Debian) while running your Windows XP in the background, as usual. No sweat.

  • Here’s the link to their page where to find the free VM player to install : VMware player page (Choice for Win32 or Linux).
  • And here’s the link to their Ubuntu prebuilt virtual machine (Easily modifiable using the password “ubuntu” when sumo is invoqued… : Ubuntu virtual machine
  • Here you go. Launch the first. Load the second… Here comes the hard on… :)

You’ll also find pretty virtual machines to launch, like Mandrake, Debian, Fedora or even the Damn small linux 2.0 (50Mb zipped) VM distros (I’ve got a DSL ready on my USB dongle now). Have fun !

Note that it’s possible to create virtual machines (.vmx files) running Windows 95, MSdos or Tiger MacOSX, but you have to own both the VMware workstation and the specific OS licences.

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