Installing Ubuntu within MacOS X
Many of us have wanted to try and install Linux but cannot part ways with our Windows or Mac OSX. Sometimes, we are not sure if it is worth the switch or if we will ever be comfortable in the new alien environment. But, there are alternatives to this. We can still run Ubuntu and other Linux within our Windows or Mac without needing to uninstall either. Yes, we can actually run Windows and Linux simultaneously using a simple and small software application called Virtualbox.
Of Course, such a solution works great on a fast computer with lots of memory and hard disk space. We recommend at least an Intel’s Core2Duo computer running 4GB of RAM. If you do it in anything less, you might run into performance issues.
What is virtualbox? It is a powerful free and open source software available under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2. It is owned and backed by Oracle corporation (originally created by Sun Microsystems) which has this to say about it:
Virtualbox installs on your existing Intel or AMD-based computers, whether they are running Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris operating systems. Secondly, it extends the capabilities of your existing computer so that it can run multiple operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines) at the same time. So, for example, you can run Windows and Linux on your Mac, run Windows Server 2008 on your Linux server, run Linux on your Windows PC, and so on, all alongside your existing applications. You can install and run as many virtual machines as you like — the only practical limits are disk space and memory.
Here I provide a simple 10 step guide to install Ubuntu Linux using Virtualbox. Follow the straight forward instructions for configuring Virtualbox.
Once you have finished installation of Virtualbox, kindly read our how-to on How To Install Ubuntu Linux. The actual installation of Ubuntu within Virtualbox is identical to installing it normally. So there is no difference. And our guide on it will explain the steps clearly. So check it out
Virtualbox is available for Windows, Mac OS X including Mountain Lion and Sun Solaris. You can download it freely from their website at: https://www.virtualbox.org/