Posts tagged ‘Virtualbox’
Today, I found a nice feature of Sun’sVirtualbox OSE: the usage of windows applications in a seamless window. This feature (which has been around for quite some time, I just never used it before) allows you to use your Windows applications on Ubuntu (through VirtualBox) in an application window as if you were working…on your Linux desktop. To use the feature, install the VirtualBox guest additions. To use the feature, just press (setting by default) Host key + L (Ctrl by default). You will get a warning that you’re entering the seamless mode. To go back to the default Virtualbox view, press Ctrl + L again. The screenshot below shows a simple application (Windows Notepad) in a seamless window on Ubuntu 9.10. Have fun!
Just this morning, I started to google for Google Chrome OS; a public beta is available. Google Chrome OS (available somewhere in the second haf of 2010 probably) is a Linux desktop OS, targeted at the Netbook market, just like for instance Ubuntu Netbook Remix and Novell’s Moblin. The major difference between Chrome OS on one side, and the other two is that Ubuntu Netbook Remix and Novell’s Moblin allow you to save your data on your netbook, while in Google Chrome OS, all the applications and the data are present online, not on your netbook (so you don’t have to worry about backups any more 😉 Here is some info for whoever would like to test this beta version of the Google Linux desktop: a VMWare virtual disk image (containing Google Chromium, that’s not totally Google Chrome yet!) is available for download at Chip download . The download file is about 300 MB, and unzipped it takes about 750 MB. The fact that it is a VMWare disk does not mean that it does not work for Sun’s Virtualbox (a free virtualization solution available for Windows as well as for Linux host systems; install it first before beginning). Then, just create a new machine, and when selecting a hard disk for it, simply point to the unzipped hard disk file. Start the virtual machine in Virtualbox. Starting the virtual machine will only take a couple of seconds. A Linux login screen will appear – to login, you will need to use your Google account; if you don’t have one, just create a new one, and use that account to get to the Chromium OS desktop. This video shows the procedure firs. To be continued!
Ever wondered how to use your Windows applications within Ubuntu? Have a look at ubuntu and Windows with virtualbox. This PDF file was created with OpenOffice.org Impress. Ideally, I would have presented this file in Macromedia Flash format (a format that you can create directly with OpenOffice.org, no extra tools needed!), but due to WordPress restrictions, I was not able to upload the file in that format. So anyway, open the PDF file, click to move forward.
Quite frequently, people ask me if they can use Windows applications within Ubuntu. In the past, I experimented a lot with a very fine Linux desktop Windows integration program, WINE (Wine is Not an Emulator). For information about the program, just click here. For Ubuntu, WINE can be installed directly from the Ubuntu Software Center on your PC. Not all Windows programs work well with WINE, so check out on the WINE AppDB whether your favourite application can be run on a Linux desktop through WINE. The software allows you to do a normal windows setup within a Linux desktop. Basically, with Wine, you run your Windows applications directly from the Linux desktop.
If you want or need to run your Windows applications directly from within Windows, just use Sun’s Virtualbox. It’s a free, Open Source Virtualization solution. It allows you to install and use Windows (and other) machines within a Linux machine; it even allows you to store your data on your Linux desktop home drive, and to access them from within the Windows virtual machine! For this functionality, please consult this documentation, and look for the word vboxsrv. Check it out!