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Windows 7: Linux VHD Boot Made Possible

11 Apr 2010   #1

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Linux VHD Boot Made Possible


We have made Linux to boot from a VHD file, will be released as open source soon.

1 Linux as Real Appliance

With VBoot for Linux, you can pre-install and pre-configure Linux OS and its applications, then distribute the resulting virtual disk file in VHD format. The vhd can boot a real computer, with configuration and apps instantly available. This way, operating systems are truly manageable, as simple as files. We call such a Linux VHD to be a real appliance, in the sense that it boots physical computers.

It's very easy to setup and boot a computer with a vhd file. You download the vhd file, drop it to Windows or Linux file system, then configure the boot loader, and reboot the computer.

2 Linux as Virtual Appliance

The exact same vhd file also runs as a virtual machine using virtualization software, such as VMLite Workstation, VirtualBox, Xen and Virtual PC and Hyper-V, etc. By default, it's optimized for VMLite Workstation.

If VMLite Workstation is installed, you can simply double click the ubuntu-910-desktop-i386.mop file to launch the vhd as a virtual machine with VMLite Workstation.

3 USB Boot Made Easy

You just need to store the vhd file to usb drive, then hook the USB to different computers to boot.

A sample Ubuntu VHD package is ready for download: (free site registration required)

download, extract it, then double click setup.exe on Windows, reboot
On Linux, need to configure boot loaders.

detailed instructions:


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11 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Thanks... Will give this a try when I get a little play time... GL
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11 Apr 2010   #3

windows 7

XP/Vista/7 VHD boot is also supported, but these portions won't be open source. You can actually drop an XP/Vista/7 VHD file to a Linux partition, and boot them, with no requirement on NTFS. Samples for xp/vista/7 boot are not available yet.
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03 May 2010   #4

windows 7

Ubuntu 10.04 real appliance available for download. It boots all physical PCs, also run as a virtual machine.
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