Last year I tried running the virtual Vinux distribution under Windows XP Home SP3. Whilst it worked with no major problems and was easy to set up, orca’s speech was rather crackly. This made it in the end, pretty difficult to use for any length of time. Role on several months, I’m now using Windows Seven Professional and decided to try it again.
I downloaded Vinux virtual from the Vinux project website.
It might be worth noting, the virtual edition is 3.02. This is based on Ubuntu 10.4 LTS. The standard release of Vinux is now at version 4.0, based on Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS.
The download includes instructions for running Vinux, some batch files for assisting in the customisation and the free VMWare Player. The VMWare Player allows users to host virtual machines on their desktop. VMWare recommend at least 1GB of RAM and a 2.0 GHZ processor to host a virtual machine successfully. For the record, I’m running it on a 2.4 GHZ Intel Quadcore q6600 system with 4 GB of RAM. The host operating system is Windows Seven Professional. VMWare products are also available for Linux and mac.
After following the installation instructions, which guide you through adding the Vinux virtual machine to VMWare Player and offer some quick start tips, you should now have an accessible version of Linux comfortably hosted within Windows. I used the default settings, giving the VM 512MB of RAM and 80GB of disk space. It performs very well although I’ve not done anything taxing with it yet. You can of course add software as you normally might within Debian derived Linux’, with apt-get for example. Switching between the VM and Windows is done through a simple keyboard short cut when the VMWare Player has focus. Various settings for the VM can be edited in a regular text editor using the .vmx file in the download.
Next I intend to install the Virtual Network Editor, which is part of the VMWare Player software although not installed automatically. The purpose being, so I can access the Vinux machine from other hosts on the network.