Running Windows Vista on Ubuntu Linux


This afternoon I was introduced to VirtualBox by Sun Microsystems.  It’s their free Open-Source virtualization software, and it runs on Windows, Linux, Unix (Solaris), or Mac OS.  So, I downloaded a copy of it for Windows and Ubuntu Linux.

I tried to run Vista in the Windows version, but for some reason I was getting an error before it would start.  So, I decided to give it a shot in Ubuntu…

The VM was setup without any problems.  When I tried to configure various options, I would get an error message when I clicked on the option, but then it would let me make the configurations.  I started the Vista VM, and installed Vista on it.

So, how does it look?  Well if you shut off Aero Glass and go back to “Aero Basic” aka Vista Basic, you get a pretty good feel for how it looks.  Installation took around 25 to 30 minutes (or would have if I had sat with it).  It’s not the fastest thing in the world, but it runs.

Some stats for you about this:

Vista Home Premium is the edition that I installed (32 bit version). My computer that is hosting Ubuntu has an AMD Athalon XP 1800+ processor with 1G of DDR-266 RAM and an ATI Radeon 9000 AGP Video Card.  It also has a MSI TV@nywhere TV Tuner in it.  The tuner doesn’t work in Ubuntu, but maybe I can get it working in Vista.

The irony of having VIsta running in Ubuntu is just too strange.  Especially since I’ve been (and am currently) a beta tester for Microsoft.  Why is this important at all?  Because it shows that Vista CAN run in older hardware.  The computer that it’s running on in the VM is the same computer that I used to test it throughout the Technical Beta.

Also this shows that you can use Linux and have Windows running to handle some of your programs that won’t work under Mono or Wine.  You don’t have to give up your programs completely, but you will have to give up the notion of walking away from Windows completely.

I’m going to make a stab at keeping this blog up and running again.  Maybe I’ll do some screenshots of Vista in Ubuntu. 

Have a great day:)
Patrick.

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