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Tech Series 1

This marks the new beginning of my new Tech Series. What I’ll try to do is give hints, tips, news and suggestions to all who read, and hope that its good! ūüėõ

Todays Topic: Virtual Machines

Virtual Machines, or VM’s, are a great way of practicing with different Operating Systems. Basically, programs like Virtual Box, allow you to run Operating Systems in “Virtual Machines”, that is, a running an OS on a virtual computer. What this means is, you can do what you want with an OS, but without damaging your “host” computer.

Bad intro I know, but now for the fun stuff: THE WALKTHROUGH

1. Download Virtual Box here; http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads choosing the file specific for your OS, and go ahead and install it.

2. Now, if you’re only starting out, I’d suggest you try Slitaz LInux first. Go to¬†http://www.slitaz.org/en/get/ and download the newest stable version. It’ll be an ISO file. For more info on ISO files go to good ‘ol wikipedia ->http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_image

3. Run Virtual Box. Go to New, give your VM a name, at OS type, put the top drop menu to Linux, the bottom drop menu to Other. Click Next.

4. Since Slitaz is a very light weight linux, give it 256 MB memory, its more than enough.

5. It will ask you about hard drive, Create a new hard drive is the default, leave it as that. Keep going until it asks you about a fixed HDD, or Dynamically Expanding HDD, the latter being the default. Keep it as that.

6.Next it will ask you how big you want the HDD to be. Put it at around 1 GB.

7. Click finish, and Finish, and your done!

8. Not quite. Highlight your machine, and click settings.  Go to Storage, click on the little disk

Then click on the “FIle” picture next to CD/DVD Device:

and find the slitaz ISO file you downloaded earlier ( Linux users will have to go to add, then find the ISO)

9. Then go down to “Network” , and makes sure the¬†Adapter¬†is Attached to the “Bridged¬†Adapter” ¬†. Don’t worry about the name, that will be your default adapter.

10. Click “OK”, and start your machine!

11. Leave it boot through, set your language to what ever you like, say, English, and set your keyboard to your own country.

And you should get something like this ūüôā

And there you go! A fully functioning VM. Have a play around with it, see what its like. Hope this was helpful.

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