Monday, May 12, 2008


These days I am hearing a lot about virtualization and how organizations are adopting to it for harware cost reductions. I knew about Virtual PC which is nice product from microsoft(as well as free too). Virtual PC is a nice option if you are going to use windows operating systems inside virtual machines.
But while trying running linux(ubuntu) inside virtual PC I faced lot of issues and even could not succeed in installing it.
Then I came to know about virtual box which is recently acquired by sun. I gave a try to install linux (ubuntu 8.04) and without any issues I was able to do that. So for trying linux as VM i prefer virtual box over virtual PC.
One of the drawback of virtual box is that I am not able to add existing machines although I can add existing hard disks. More over , enable undo disk ( a very helpful feature) seems to be missing.
I will further try and post more about it.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Hardy Heron (Ubuntu 8.04):Initial review

Recently ubuntu has released a newer version of ubuntu linux code name Hardy Heron. I have tried it for 2 days and it has really impressed me.
One thing that caused users most trouble in linux is its installation. but with introduction of wubi installation, that trouble has literally ended.
So, if you are a windows user and want to try Hardy Heron, its installation is as simple as any other program in windows. You put the CD/DVD and run ubmenu.exe from within the windows. You then select the drive where to install and the space to allocate for linux. I recommend 15 GB of space to be allocated. The you choose the user name and password for linux and click install. Thats it. There is no confusion over partitioning of hard disk.
One of the beauty of the ubuntu install is that you can continue to use your computer while linux is installing. Be it from within windows or a single install.
After install is finished, you reboot the machine and can choose to boot windows or ubuntu. Uninstall is also simple. you just select uninstall from add remove program and it is completely uninstalled.
Upto now I have just tried firefox with it. Browsing experience is ok except that I can't use google toolbar as shipped firefox is version3.
I will be trying different alternatives to windows applications in Ubuntu. So keep watch on my blog.