4/25/2006

Running Ubuntu on Mac OS X

One of the first things I did when I got my MacBook is install Parallels, CPU virtualization software that lets me run Windows XP in a window on Mac OS X, so I can easily test our site with Internet Explorer. It's very fast, and very, very friendly.



Recently I was tasked with discovering whether it is possible to do non-blocking file reads and writes to a filesystem that is mounted over NFS. I tried on OS X, and I was unable to get a read to return EWOULDBLOCK. So, I decided to install Ubuntu on Parallels. I downloaded the iso, burned it to a CD, created a new virtual machine, and installed it.



Everything worked flawlessly. Ubuntu has always been incredibly high quality, and it has only gotten nicer in the year since I used it last. It's polished, beautiful, and just works. It is definitely something that I could install on my machine for my Mom with a web browser and mail reader.



Here's a screenshot:







9 comments:

Michael said...

Looks great... I will be replacing my dell inspiron soon, and the macbook looks good. However, I don't think I'm ready to give up on Ubuntu. I will have to look into this Parallels program to see whether it offers what I want...
Oh, and why is your screenshot portrait instead of landscape??

joe said...

Michael: Can't speak for Donovan, but I get portrait screenshots like that because I have dual displays with the MBP display positioned below the CRT.
Donovan: Any trouble with networking Ubuntu under Parallels?

Donovan Preston said...

I get screenshots like that because I am using an external monitor in portrait mode. I like it a lot because you can see an incredible amount of code on the thing!
I haven't had any problems with networking. I think there are pproblems switching back and forth between airport and wired networks. I don't do that, though.
Sound works on Linux, but not on Windows, though.

22samurai said...

Could you possible tell me how to configure my ubuntu to work in portrait mode? I would like to switch between portait and landscape. Can you do this in ubuntu?

Donovan Preston said...

22samurai: I don't know. On Mac OS X, when using certain Dell monitors that swivel 90 degrees, the Displays prefererence pane has a pull-down menu that lets me choose the rotation.

james brown said...

What version of ubuntu did you install ? I tried 6.06 but it could not install grub

Chris said...

You can install from the iso, you don't need to burn ubuntu to a disc. And for sound, install Parallel Tools on Windows.

M said...

How do you force parallels to install the Parallels Tools on Ubuntu

mahasiswa teladan said...


hi...Im student from Informatics engineering nice article,
thanks for sharing :)