Monday Mar 30, 2009

Clear mirror

I was looking to download Ubuntu so I can install it under Virtual Box on my fairly new MacBook Pro. I went through a few mirrors and found one that gave me flaming speed - ftp-mirror.internap.com

Download URL: http://ftp-mirror.internap.com/pub/ubuntu-releases/intrepid/ubuntu-8.10-desktop-i386.iso

Friday May 30, 2008

Virtualization using Sun's solution

I recently played with Sun's Virtual Box. The score card is mixed. Here are the highlights.

First installation of Virtual Box (1.6.0) on Leopard failed. The installer pointed me to a log that did not exist. A bug. The bad part is that is crashed my MacBook Pro and Java no longer worked as expected until I un-installed Virtual Box. The bad part is that I did not realize that I had a problem with Java and it killed a presentation to some of the Sun folks in Korea. I almost gave up, however Steve encouraged me to try it again ... with feeling:-) I took the advise and I re-installed. This time everything worked well and I was able to install Ubuntu Hardy and OpenSolaris 2008.05. I installed off .iso images that I previously downloaded on my notebook. After the install, both systems behaved as expected (including networking on OpenSolaris, did I say that wireless worked as well - - I've been pleasantly surprised, Tim has now a fan :-)).

Quick note: installing software on OpenSolaris is easy and similar to what one does on Ubuntu. This document gives you a mapping, in case you are a Linux user

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