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Ubuntu test-drive for Windows users.

Posted by felipegaucho on April 22, 2007 at 5:27 AM PDT

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Step by step guide to run Ubuntu on top of your Windows XP/2000 operational system:

Step #0 Downloading the required software:

  1. VMware Player 1.0.3 (30 MB)
  2. Ubuntu 7.04 VMware Image Download (906 MB)
  3. 7-zip 4.42 (1 MB) - any RAR unpacking tool here, 7-zip is Open Source.

Step #1 Installing VMWare Player

  1. VMWare is distributed as an executable file, so you just need to click on it to get the virtual machine player running
    on your computer. A special note is about some configuration changes suggested by default during the installation, as shown in the figure below:

vmware_install.jpg

Click here for detailed installation instructions.

Step #2 Running Ubuntu Linux on the VMWare Player

  1. First of all, you need to unpack the Linux image you've just downloaded. Follow these steps:
    1. Install 7-zip: it comes as an executable file, just run it and accept the default options - no danger here ;).
      Since 7-zip is suggested here just to unpack the RAR file, you can uninstall it after this step, despite I suggest you to play
      with this nice Open Source tool in order to evaluate its value before throwing it away.
    2. On Windows Explorer, right click on the Ubuntu_704_VMware.rar file and select 7-zip/Extract here. Done,
      wait until the unpack process is done to finish and you are ready to taste Linux on your machine.
  2. Open the virtual machine player: Windows Start Menu / All programs / VMWare / VMWare Player
  3. When the VMWare startups, it asks you to point the file Ubuntu.vmdk (the one just extracted by 7-zip). Navigate to that file and press OK
  4. The next window asks you about the location of the virutal machine configuration, just accept the suggestion and press OK
  5. The next window is a weird alert about the absense of the Ubuntu CD-ROM, just ignore it and press OK.
  6. The first window of the system will ask you to login:
    		(Benutzername) - Username: jars
    (Passwort)    - Password: jars
  7. If everything is fine, Ubuntu will be loaded into the player - Welcome to Linux!
  8. Navigating between the operational systems (Ctrl + Alt): do you notice now you
    have two different operational systems
    running on your machine? You can use both at the same time, testing usability and evaluating by yourself how to do things
    in both environments. To navigate between the virtual machine player and the host Windows OS:

    • Inside Ubuntu: just click Ctrl+Alt to return to Windows.
    • On Windows, just click with the mouse button on the VMWare window and you will be transferred to the Linux system.

    Very easy, isn't it? Remember the mouse will be locked inside the VMWare window when you are
    using Ubuntu. To see a window beside the active one and to not be allowed to
    click on it is an unatural usability for Windows users, but you'll become accustomed very quickly to that :)

Step #3 Configuring Ubuntu to your keyboard/language

The Ubuntu image you are running comes in German by default - thanks jars.de for distributing the image. For most users, German is
not the default language and the keyboard may also startup wrongly configured at the first time. Here there are some few steps you must proceed
in order to get comfortable usability from your new operating system.

  1. Changing the locale configuration: in the Ubuntu menu, select System/Administration/Sprachunterst
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