I'd like to run the new Unity interface from Ubuntu 10.10 inside of a VirtualBox VM (host is Ubuntu 10.04). Is that possible? Thanks!
So you want to help test the Ubuntu distribution that is customised specifically for netbooks but don’t have a netbook to test it on? That’s not a problem. What you need is a virtual machine and an Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) image.
Getting the image STEP 1
Installing a Virtual Machine
Setting up the Virtual Machine
Virtualbox -> New -> Next ->
Operating System: Linux
-> Next -> Memory: Base memory size: 512 Mb
Note: Use the amount of RAM for the virtual machine that you can afford. Linux requires less memory to run than does Windows, but the amount of RAM that you dedicate to the virtual machine in this step will not be available to the Windows host. On my laptop, I have 3 Gb RAM, so I dedicate 1024 Mb (1 Gb) to the virtual machine in this step and leave 2 Gb for Windows. You should always leave at least 1 Gb RAM for Windows (or it will run painfully slowly). Linux is able to run with only 512 Mb in server mode or 1 Gb in desktop mode (perhaps even less).
-> Next -> Virtual Hard Disk ->
Boot Hard Disk (Primary Master): (ticked)
Create new hard disk: (ticked)
-> Next -> Next -> Hard disk storage type:Dynamically expanding storage: (ticked)
-> Next -> Virtual Disk Location and Size:
Once this is download you want to make sure your virtual machine image will boot into UNR when it first runs. To do this select the “Settings” icon from the VirtualBox screen (first make sure you have selected your image in the left-hand column).
What you are presented with now is a list of options for your virtual machine image. The one we are interested in is CD/DVD-ROM. Select this option. and select ISO and find where you download the UNR iso image.
.. but there are 2 virtual box If you are interested in using VirtualBox -- either for private or business use --, you have the choice between two versions:
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This component implements a complete VNC server on top of the virtual hardware and allows users to connect to a virtual machine remotely using any VNC client.
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So, to answer the title of this article:
"How to create a Ubuntu Netbook 10.10 Unity VM under VirtualBox"
You can't. The Unity interface can't run in a VirtualBox guest. You can, however, use the default gnome shell common to the regular Ubuntu distribution -- but that is not trying out UNR...
I installed VirtualBox and tried the steps below and it doesn't work. Testing shows that Unity uses OpenGL features that are not supported by the 3D driver for VirtualBox guests:
Chromium is the library that Virtualbox uses for its 3D support, and apparently it lacks this feature...
It should be possible to run Unity in an Ubuntu guest inside VirtualBox provided that you enable 3D virtualization inside the virtual machine configuration and VirtualBox runs on a machine with OpenGL support.
I think the best way to do it is to install the desktop edition first, then install:
After a reboot of the guest inside the virtual machine, you will be able to select the "netbook session" from the login screen (after selecting your user, but before entering your password).
This two-step process is needed because Unity requires 3D graphics and the drivers for the 3D virtualization are not installed by default.
With VirtualBox 4.0 it is now possible to test Unity under Ubuntu 11.04.
I did not tried to run Unity under 10.10 in a VM but if you still want to, you should be more lucky with the latest VirtualBox release.