Tuesday, October 31, 2006
I love Virtual PC <http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/default.mspx>.
It's a great place to install betas and screw with all kinds of OS features
without fear of destroying your computer. But whenever I run a windows
operating system on a virtual pc it runs slow. So slow that I can't really
perform anything; well I've just read the single most important virtual
machine performance tip
<http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000714.html> and as it happens I
just bought a new hard drive on sale. So, when I get home I'll installing
that baby and moving my VHDs to it. I'll post again with any performance
Thursday, October 12, 2006
If you'd like to play with the penguin for awhile here's the scoop:
First goto www.ubuntu.com and download the desktop ISO image,
and burn it to CD
At this point you have several options
Super Cool No Risk Ubuntu preview from Live CD
-Boot your machine from the CD
-Ubuntu will load into memory and allow you full access to the entire OS. This includes by default the GNOME desktop so even the most die hard of windows zealots should feel comfortable.
The OS will not mount your Hard Drive so there is no risk of corrupting your current system.
If you have a spare machine, some unformatted space on your hard drive, or like me want to run from a Virtual PC simply boot as before and click the install icon from the desktop.
A wizard will walk you through all steps needed to configure user accounts and netwoking
Ubuntu comes with a host of Free software pre-loaded the CD it really is a complete package, here's a small list of the included software:
FireFox (Web Browser)
Evolution (Mail and Calendar)
OpenOffice (Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Presentation, etc..)
GIMP (Photo Editor)
I Say Check it out. Catch Ya Later