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I'm running windows 7 on my computer (64-bit) and I need to install Ubuntu 12.10 (kernel: 3.5.0-17-generic) virtually.

I've installed VirtualBox from Oracle but I can't find the iso image for this Ubuntu version. Plus, I've read that there are certain procedures in order to install and write C/C++ programs (some people said that installing eclipse was a problem and others said that the GCC compiler was a problem) and that it's not as simple as windows.

So would anyone please tell me where to find the iso image and what steps should I do to successfully start writing parallel programs on Ubuntu.

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First set up the virtual machine (VM), and download a suitable ISO file from the Ubuntu download page. Personally, I would recommend sticking with a LTS release, in this case Ubuntu 12.04. Mount the ISO file as the VM's optical disk and install from there.

Boot the new VM, login, open a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install build-essential

That will set up the basic things you need in order to compile and build packages on Ubuntu.

Next, install Eclipse from a downloaded archive or (even easier) from the package.

You asked about Eclipse, but you might also want to give the Netbeans IDE a try, which also offers a similar cross-platform IDE experience.

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thanks a lot for your help – MOMEL Feb 18 '13 at 16:16
You're welcome! – Werner Feb 18 '13 at 16:43

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