Even More Fun with Virtual Machines

The Internet is getting pretty dangerous, especially for anyone running a Windows 2000/XP machine.  Wouldn’t it be nice to surf the web from your Windows box using a Linux browser?  You can, using Virtualbox + UBuntu + Seamless Mode.

You can see this in action: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/virtualboxs-seamless-mode-combine-operating-systems-desktop/

The process is very simple: Install Virtualbox into your Windows host system, install Ubuntu within Virtualbox, install guest addons within Ubuntu.  For added goodness, you might also want to add Samba to Ubuntu so you can share folders with Windows (all downloads with the Ubuntu Firebox go back into Ubuntu).  An excellent video guide for doing so can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89hjWOb8qmY.

Once Ubuntu is running in Virtualbox, you can do a “Right Ctrl-L” and you’ll get this in your Windows host system:

As you can see, Virtualbox places the Ubuntu taskbars above my Windows 7 taskbars.  You get the comforts of you host operating system with the goodies from Ubuntu.  I’m running this with 256MB of memory for the VM and it runs great.  If you still have Windows 2000/XP, you can keep them and be more secure on the Internet.

– Soli Deo Gloria

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