Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Dream Come True?

This is almost too good to be true. Ubuntu 8.04 LTS in VirtualBox seamless mode, plus Fedora 9 via VNC, all within Vista SP1. All virtually configuration-free (literally!).

How is this possible? Several recent developments in the open source world collided to make this near-paradise a present-reality.
  1. VirtualBox released a new version (1.6) with "Seamless Mode" for Linux guests. This mode has been available for Windows guests, but only now has it become available in the other direction, a great boon for the ubiquitous Windows desktop in need of Linux support on the side. Perhaps Sun's recent acquisition of Innotek, makers of VirtualBox, propelled the feature? It may have already been on the cooker.
  2. Ubuntu released version 8.04 LTS (Long Term Support) just last month. Although I could not get a Fedora 8 guest to run successfully in seamless mode, Ubuntu 8.04 worked without a hitch.
  3. Give up on Fedora? Not quite so fast. Fedora 9 made its debut today and installed on my trusty Dell laptop without complication. That's it, there's almost nothing buggy/techy to report.
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