Ubuntu on Virtualbox
By draks on Aug 07, 2008
I have now virtualized Ubuntu on my MacBook Pro using Virtual box. After installing Vista (really to see if it worked and as a practical matter to help me communicate w/ my BlackBerry) I installed Ubuntu. I downloaded Ubuntu 8.04 and installed from the iso on my hard drive. That went well. I had to tweak a few things to get the mouse, WiFi and other drivers to work but other than that the installation was a snap. I assigned it 1G of RAM and 10 Gigs of hard disk space and with those it seems to run well. Since Ubuntu includes Firefox and other apps right out of the box its easy to be productive out of the box. The only issue is that I cannot print - for some reason it doesnot recognize my printers on the USB ports. I'll have to look into this more in the future. Since I don't print too often (and can share documents w/ OS X) its not a big problem.
Now I think I should reconfigure my mom's computer w/ Ubuntu. Vista is just awful (all those security questions everytime one accesses the internet are a real pain). Maybe next time I am up there I'll do a dual install and see if it works. Since none of her friends seem to understand Windows, moving her to Ubuntu would not cause any more confusion. She only uses Firefox and the awful windows photo program - I can move her to FF on Linux and then migrate her to Picasa (which is much easier to use).