Having Virtual PC 2007 Beta, the virtual machine additions for Linux Beta plus a disc of Ubuntu 6.10 Linux sitting on my desk simply proved irresistible to me. Thus: create new virtual machine, slide in the DVD, and off we go.
That was the plan until I hit a snag: on switching from text mode to graphics mode, the screen garbled. Wait! I had seen this before: the emulated graphics card of Virtual PC advertises video modes it cannot actually display. And I sorted it out previously and blogged about it in mono::live. So I did the Ctrl+Alt+F3 dance and pasted the script - presto!
Now for the VM additions - of course used to the Windows way of things, I simply mounted the ISO image. Nicely opens up in the File Browser, where the f*ck is a Run As command here? OK, switch to terminal, su (I have to admit that took me a while including pestering a friend because I had already forgotten all the gory details). To spare you the details, after some twenty minutes of fiddling I decided to take a deep breath and actually read (gulp) the README that comes with the Linux additions.
Setup prerequisites step number two caught my attention:
A kernel module of the Additions is built at compile time. So, the virtual machine should have the Linux kernel source and build tools installed
No way. The mention of operating system & compile yourself makes me cringe. Thank you, but no thank you. I will live without the additions. There is no friggin way I am doing the dance, I am way too old, and sorry, this is 2006. I don't need that "power of Linux" if all administrative usability goes out the window (Note: I am a developer, and especially because I am one I totally balk at the idea of having to compile my applications / drivers before I can use them - that is ridiculous).
Oh, one minor roadblock was easy to solve - the networking stuff. System / Administration / Networking and then enable the Ethernet interface:
Now on to exploring.