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I know this is off topic from the purpose of this blog (SBS), but I thought I would post some of my personal and non-professional experience. I was running Windows 7 Home Premium, in which I installed VirtualBox and Ubuntu Linus virtual machine. Thinking on it, this did not make sense to me- host a more stable and reliable OS on a less stable OS, plus being virtual it really did not do justice to Linux as an OS. So I got a new HDD, and had to reconfigure Windows anyhow- my C:\ partition was constantly in the red at 40 GB. So I added the HDD, formatted all disks, and installed Fedora 14 onto an 80 GB SATA.

I then installed VirtualBox on Linux (I wont post how to here, because it was a pain in the butt and I do not remember everything I did). So now I have a stable Fedora hosting Windows 7 Home Premium in VirtualBox. It’s all running great, except that the Windows 7 is a bit slow, as I decided to give it 1.9 GB of my 4 GB RAM.

The reason I was going to host Windows 7 virtually was to be able to use my Windows applications such as Office 2010, Starcraft, iTunes, and Adobe Creative Suite.

This makes little sense, as the virtual resources will not provide enough to run some of the heavier applications such as Adobe. I had forgotten about WINE.

Being a Windows baby, and having little Linux experience, I am having difficult making the switch to a platform that goes in a different direction than everything that I know.

So let’s install WINE on Fedora 14, then we will install some applications such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Office, and perhaps Starcraft II.

Wine Install

Taken from the WINE Wiki, You must install these packages. Copy this text, then enter the Terminal on Fedora in Applications>System Tools>Terminal. Enter the root user (su -), and paste the text. Hit Y for yes when prompted.

yum install alsa-lib-devel.i686 alsa-lib-devel audiofile-devel.i686 audiofile-devel cups-devel.i686 cups-devel dbus-devel.i686 dbus-devel esound-devel.i686 esound-devel fontconfig-devel.i686 fontconfig-devel freetype.i686 freetype-devel.i686 freetype-devel giflib-devel.i686 giflib-devel hal-devel.i686 hal-devel lcms-devel.i686 lcms-devel libICE-devel.i686 libICE-devel libjpeg-turbo-devel.i686 libjpeg-turbo-devel libpng-devel.i686 libpng-devel libSM-devel.i686 libSM-devel libusb-devel.i686 libusb-devel libX11-devel.i686 libX11-devel libXau-devel.i686 libXau-devel libXcomposite-devel.i686 libXcomposite-devel libXcursor-devel.i686 libXcursor-devel libXext-devel.i686 libXext-devel libXi-devel.i686 libXi-devel libXinerama-devel.i686 libXinerama-devel libxml2-devel.i686 libxml2-devel libXrandr-devel.i686 libXrandr-devel libXrender-devel.i686 libXrender-devel libxslt-devel.i686 libxslt-devel libXt-devel.i686 libXt-devel libXv-devel.i686 libXv-devel libXxf86vm-devel.i686 libXxf86vm-devel mesa-libGL-devel.i686 mesa-libGL-devel mesa-libGLU-devel.i686 mesa-libGLU-devel ncurses-devel.i686 ncurses-devel openldap-devel.i686 openldap-devel openssl-devel.i686 openssl-devel zlib-devel.i686 pkgconfig sane-backends-devel.i686 sane-backends-devel xorg-x11-proto-devel glibc-devel.i686 prelink fontforge flex bison libstdc++-devel.i686 pulseaudio-libs-devel.i686 gnutls-devel.i686 libgphoto2-devel.i686 openal-soft-devel openal-soft-devel.i686 isdn4k-utils-devel.i686 gsm-devel.i686 samba-winbind libv4l-devel.i686 cups-devel.i686 libtiff-devel.i686 gstreamer-devel.i686

At this point the WINE site tells us to compile and run the configuration file, yet they have failed to include this file or directions on how to compile it. There is a place you can download it here, but I am going to skip on that for right now. Click Applications>Wine>Wine Configuration.

You might mess around with the tabs, I added a few drive locations, and ended up on the Applications tab.  I changed the OS for the Default Settings to Windows 7- you might want to keep it on XP. I then clicked Add Application.

Wine Configuration

Wine Configuration

I added Internet Explorer 9, but then I could not figure out how to run it, hum. So I go back to my terminal windows, and type wine help. Wine opens up, telling me that I need to install and aditional package named Gecko. I click the install button.

Now I navigate to the directory where my Windows application was downloaded to or /Home/User/Downloads/

I then type wine <application name>

Alternately, you can browse to the file in the file manager, right-click it, and select Open with Wine Windows Program Loader.

Done and done- can’t get Office 2010 to work yet though.

I was bored at home, and sick and tired of my Windows 7 computer not working the way I want it to, so I decided to give Ubuntu a test drive, and see how I like working on Linux rather than Windows. I will use this experience to dictate my next OS, as I have a major PC upgrade coming. Anyhow, the install is easy, and went very quickly.

First, install VirtualBox on Windows 7. There are other Virtual programs, this is the one I chose. It can be downloaded here.

Run the .exe, install it as you would anything. While this is happening, go and download the version of Ubuntu you want, with 10.10 Maverick being the latest. It can be found here.

Once the install is finished, go ahead and run VirtualBox.

VirtualBox

VirtualBox

This is what the program lo0ks like, though you wont see Ubuntu running just yet.

To begin, you need to create a new Virtual Disk. Click New, then click next.

Enter a name for your OS, I named mine… Ubuntu 10.10. I know, original.

Then I selected Linux as the OS and Ubuntu as the version.

Click next again. This is the memory allotment page. You can leave it at the default, or change it depending upon your system. I increased mine to 1024Mb, which enables the system to run a bit better.

RAM Config

RAM Config

Click next. Select Boot Hard Disk, and then create new hard disk. You can obviously change this if you have one already. Click next. Click next on the new wizard that appears.

Select if you want dynamic or static sized storage. This depends upon your needs and the size of your current HDD’s. Since I am only evaluation Ubuntu, I chose Fixed-sized storage. On the next page I named the virtual disk, in this case Ubuntu. I placed the file location to a large open HDD, and then moved the slider up to 30Gb, which will be the maximum size of the virtual disk that Linux will be installed on.

Drive Size

Drive Size

Click Finish, then Finish again. Let it build the virtual disk, takes roughly 15 minutes for 30Gb.

Now you will see your disk listed in the VirtualBox Console.

Right click it and click settings.

Change the boot order to CDRom then HDD. Change the processor settings if you wish, under System.

Then click Start.

Click on Devices, and then select CD/DVD Rom, then select more CD images. Click Add, then navigate to the Ubuntu iso that you downloaded, and select that.

ISO Selection

ISO Selection

Now proceed with the Ubuntu install as normal.

I will stop here, as configuring Ubuntu is another topic all together. A really great how to guide can be found here and here.

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