15 Feb 2005 fxn   » (Master)

Running Linux inside Virtual PC 7 for Mac

I have been a few days trying to get a Linux running inside Virtual PC 7 for Mac.

First I tried Ubuntu. The installation more or less run fine. There was no network though, and the graphics appeared mangled. The very application window changes to a too rectangular shape when X launches, and there are a few strange colors on black with something that resemples the Ubuntu logo or letters.

Then I tried Fedora Core 3. I hadn't seen Anaconda before, how beautiful! The installation run smoothly except for the OpenOffice package. For some reason when that package was being processed the installer freezed. I tried both desktop and developer presets to no avail, at that point the installer hanged. After that I went with the custom configuration and it got to finish. Everything looked fine, until I rebooted the virtual Linux. After a few console messages a Virtual PC dialog saying An unrecoverable processor error has occurred. The PC will now restart shows up and cannot go on, but restart (the virtual Linux, not the Mac of course). No luck either.

A coworker had a Debian Woody so I gave it a try. The minimal installation was OK, it even founded the network automatically. Afterwards I dist-upgraded to unstable and it worked like a charm. Unfortunately my first attempt at getting X working produced a screen as the one with Ubuntu. The console is right for the simple stuff I want it for however.

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