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Windows 7: How To Run Ubuntu In VMWare


04 Feb 2010   #1
Arc

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 
How To Run Ubuntu In VMWare

HI FRIENDS !
I dont know much more about Ubuntu, but having interest in it. So I installed Ubuntu 9.04 in VMWare Workstation 7 using easy install. When finished, it asked for username and password. After giving those appropriately, it shows the screen as below.

I want to know what to do next to have the ubuntu gui. Pleae help me. The host is Windows 7 Home premium.




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04 Feb 2010   #2
jimbo45

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there
I haven't used Ubuntu -- but I'd imagine when you installed the OS didn't it request you for a password for ROOT at install time.

So just login as ROOT and add or change a username and password.

Unless you are installing a "Pre generated" version of Linux then you are usually prompted for a default user and also a password for Root when installing the OS.

You could also try this Forum for more Linux info -- I'm sure the admins won't mind a referral to this Forum since you are essentially asking a Linux based question.

This is actually an EXCELLENT Linux Forum too.

LinuxQuestions.org

Cheers
jimbo
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11 Feb 2010   #3
gladson1976

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 build 7600 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 

did you select the text mode during install, because by default Ubuntu installs with the graphical display manager by default.

i think the default boot is set to text mode. To load the graphical interface when you log in, just type
Code:
startx
To set the default start up mode as graphical, after the GUI loads up
open up a terminal window (Applications Menu -> Accessories -> Terminal)
and type
Code:
sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
check for something like this (it will be at the end)
title Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.24-19-generic
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-generic root=UUID=21c38426-84f0-4946-bee7-318074de0787 ro quiet splash text
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-19-generic
quiet

change the kernel line to
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-generic root=UUID=21c38426-84f0-4946-bee7-318074de0787 ro quiet splash
(remove the 'text' at the end)

Save the file and restart the virtual machine

for more info and help about Ubuntu, you can check out the official forum for Ubuntu
Ubuntu Forums

btw, you are using Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope
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11 Feb 2010   #4
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gladson1976 View Post
did you select the text mode during install, because by default Ubuntu installs with the graphical display manager by default.

i think the default boot is set to text mode. To load the graphical interface when you log in, just type
Code:
startx
To set the default start up mode as graphical, after the GUI loads up
open up a terminal window (Applications Menu -> Accessories -> Terminal)
and type
Code:
sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
check for something like this (it will be at the end)
title Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.24-19-generic
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-generic root=UUID=21c38426-84f0-4946-bee7-318074de0787 ro quiet splash text
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-19-generic
quiet

change the kernel line to
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-generic root=UUID=21c38426-84f0-4946-bee7-318074de0787 ro quiet splash
(remove the 'text' at the end)

Save the file and restart the virtual machine

for more info and help about Ubuntu, you can check out the official forum for Ubuntu
Ubuntu Forums

btw, you are using Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope
Yes , it is ubuntu 9.04.
during installation, I just selected easy install option of vmware and then it installed automatically including vmware tools and then it happened.

In the mean time, I deleted that vm, so at present I have no way to follow your instructions, but as I am trying to have linux in grip, I will do in again, and then I hope this guideline will help me.
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11 Feb 2010   #5
iseeuu

 
 

Ubuntu does not create or ask for a "root" user password. I am sure the objective is to be more user friendly. Instead, to have "root" permissions for administrative tasks, the user is asked for the "User" password created during the install. In a terminal (for command prompt) the user types: "sudo" before the command and must supply the "User" password again. It is possible to change the default settings, give "root" a password and login as "root", but it is discouraged.

Evidently the VMWare install was not like the default install as by default Ubuntu boots to a GUI login screen. It is very possible that the "startx" command would have opened the GUI, as suggested.

Ubuntu also supports WUBI: "Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other Windows application, in a simple and safe way." Use Ubuntu from within Windows.

Cheers!
Robert
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12 Feb 2010   #6
gladson1976

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 build 7600 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 

as iseeuu said, you can use WUBI to install Ubuntu from within Windows and its very very easy.
Only downside is that, its not a virtual machine but a real installation within a single file in Windows. That means you cannot have both Windows and Ubuntu running at the same time.
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12 Feb 2010   #7
brj

Win7 Home Premium 32
 
 

hi,

i recently installed ubuntu 9.10 in VirtualBox. Ubuntu asks fo a user (not root) and adds it to the sudoers. so whenever you need root privileges you can use sudo:

sudo mkdir /opt

i did not manipulate any grub files or the like. Ubuntu just worked in the vm of VirtualBox.

have fun

jakob
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12 Feb 2010   #8
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
Ubuntu does not create or ask for a "root" user password. I am sure the objective is to be more user friendly. Instead, to have "root" permissions for administrative tasks, the user is asked for the "User" password created during the install. In a terminal (for command prompt) the user types: "sudo" before the command and must supply the "User" password again. It is possible to change the default settings, give "root" a password and login as "root", but it is discouraged.

Evidently the VMWare install was not like the default install as by default Ubuntu boots to a GUI login screen. It is very possible that the "startx" command would have opened the GUI, as suggested.

Ubuntu also supports WUBI: "Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other Windows application, in a simple and safe way." Use Ubuntu from within Windows.

Cheers!
Robert
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gladson1976 View Post
as iseeuu said, you can use WUBI to install Ubuntu from within Windows and its very very easy.
Only downside is that, its not a virtual machine but a real installation within a single file in Windows. That means you cannot have both Windows and Ubuntu running at the same time.
As you are suggesting, I am taking a try. Downoading it.

May I install compiz in this Ubuntu ?
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12 Feb 2010   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Arc...any reason that you have to use Ubuntu 9.04? Can you use 9.10?

I've got VMWare Player 3.0...which is very similar to the Workstation 7 product. I can run it through a test for you and tell you exactly what I do and experience.

To me, it loaded fine for you...but for whatever reason you aren't getting the GUI interface..but rather the command line.

You didn't by any chance install Ubuntu 9.04 server, did you???
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12 Feb 2010   #10
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Arc...any reason that you have to use Ubuntu 9.04? Can you use 9.10?

I've got VMWare Player 3.0...which is very similar to the Workstation 7 product. I can run it through a test for you and tell you exactly what I do and experience.

To me, it loaded fine for you...but for whatever reason you aren't getting the GUI interface..but rather the command line.

You didn't by any chance install Ubuntu 9.04 server, did you???
I am using ubuntu 9.04 coz I am lazy, I dont have downloaded the recent 9.10.
Obviously I have installed Ubuntu9.04; not the server edition. Last hour I got it reinstalled in the same manner as previous, and I got the same thing. However, startx command worked for me this time, and now I am posting from Ubuntu
Perhaps my choice "easy install" creates this ! I Am choosing it coz I dont know how to install vmware tools in linux. Actually I am trying linux for the first time
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