This is a newbie guide to installing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS in Virtual Box.
Stuff you will need:
1. Ubuntu ISO Image file : You can download either the 32 bit version or the 64-bit version. Using the 64-bit version will have better performance in my opinion. Download Link (~694 MB)
2.Virtual Box : Download Link (~90 MB)
3. Disk Requirements : Atleast 8 GB of free space.
After you have downloaded Virtual Box and Ubuntu 12.04, open up Virtual Box. You would see a window like this:
Now, press on “New“. And then type any name in “Name”, Type as “Linux”, and Version as “Ubuntu“. If you downloaded the 64 bit version of Ubuntu , then use “Ubuntu (64 bit)” .
Now, set the amount of RAM anywhere from 512 MB to 1024 MB. You can increase this to 2048 MB if you have lots of RAM.
Now, select the option “Create a virtual hard drive now“, and press “Create“.
Now, set the type of Hard Disk File Type to “VDI” and press “Next“.
Now, you have to specify the “File Location” and “Size” of your Virtual Hard Disk. This will be space which will be used by your Ubuntu OS after installation. Its recommended to use at least a minimum of 10GB to 15 GB. The File Location is where your Virtual Hard Disk will be stored. You choose any location you want or simply use the default location. After specifying the Location and Size, press “Create“.
Now,you can select whether you want your hard disk to grow dynamically i.e. it will grow according to the data or “static”. Select “Dynamically Allocated” option and then press “Next“.
Now, you would come back to the initial screen but now you will see the virtual machine you created here.
Now, press “Start“. And select the Ubuntu ISO image file you downloaded earlier. Then press “Start“.
Now, choose the “Language” and press “Install Ubuntu“.
In the next screen , click on “Continue“.
Now, select “Erase disk and install Ubuntu” and press “Continue“.
Now, select the drive and press “Install Now“.
Now, choose your “Keyboard Layout” and “Location“, and other enter details such as “Username” and “Password” when prompted. It will copy all the setup files and then begin to install Ubuntu onto your Virtual Hard Disk.
After it is done installing, it will prompt you asking you to Reboot. Click on “Restart Now“.
After the reboot is complete, you will see the Login Screen. Click on the username to select and enter your password and press Enter to login.
This is a screenshot of my Ubuntu Desktop after installation.
So, yeah! hoping you got yours successfully installed. If you have any sort of queries regarding this installation , feel free to leave a comment.
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