EBC Exercise 07 Installing Ubuntu in VMware

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thumb‎ Embedded Linux Class by Mark A. Yoder

It's pretty much agreed that if you are going to develop for embedded Linux, you should do it in Linux. The problem is many have some form of Windows OS installed. Here are step by step instructions on how to install a virtual machine running Ubuntu Linux on your Windows box.

Installing and Configuring VMware Workstation

Downloading VMware Workstation

If you are a Rose student you have access to a free (well, already paid for) copy of VMware Workstation. Here's where to find it:

  1. Go to Angel
  2. Click on RosePortal near the bottom of the middle column.
  3. Click on the link below VMware Global Education and Research Program
  4. Select VMWare Workstation 9
  5. Download it. This will take several steps. In the end you will download a file that's some 436M.

Downloading Ubuntu

You are welcome to run whatever flavor of Linux you want, however I suggest running the current long-term support version of Ubuntu. The current LTS is 12.04. If you are at Rose you can quickly get it from the CSSE site.

  1. Got to the csse site
  2. Click 12.04.2.
  3. If you are running 32-bit hardware download ubuntu-12.04.2-desktop-i386.iso. If you are running 64-bit download ubuntu-12.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso.

Running VMware and Installing Ubuntu

  1. Start VMware Workstation
  2. Select "Create a new virtual machine"
  3. Select "Typical"
  4. Select "Installer disc image file (iso)" and browse to the Ubuntu iso file. It should detect the correct OS
  5. Fill in names
  6. Fill in VM name
  7. Use default disk size (20G) and be sure "Split virtual disk into multiple files"
  8. Click "Finish"

Ubuntu will install and in a few minutes you'll have a running version.