Installing Ubuntu on VirtualBox

NOTE – It is recommended that you have atleast 4 GB of RAM on your machine to ensure that both the guest and host operating systems have sufficient memory for a seamless experience. This guide was written for VirtualBox v4.1.8 on a Windows 7 host.

If you’re one of those people who’ve always wanted to try out Linux, but put it off for fear of messing up your computer beyond repair, virtual machines are a great way to experience it without breaking your existing Windows installation. As a bonus, you can simply delete them when you’re done tinkering and they’ll go away. As simple as that! Read on to find out how you can get started with virtual machines today. Find out how!

A quick announcement

The last week or so has been pretty hectic, and I’ve got exams and a college techfest coming up, so I’m afraid I won’t be able to post for a while.

But stay tuned for fresh posts in the fourth week of February. Better yet, subscribe!

Also, as a few of my readers have pointed out, screenshots ought to be more helpful than mere text, and I’ll be giving them a shot in the next post.

Thanks for everything, and I hope you guys enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it 🙂 See you on the other side of this clusterf*ck!

Solve video tearing on nVidia/ATI + Unity

Well almost. The solution I’m gonna be talking about today will almost get you there, but won’t quite solve the problem entirely. Before we begin though, here’s a quick rundown of my system specs –

Dell Inspiron 1520
2GB DDR2 RAM
nVidia GeForce 8600M GT
nouveau drivers (the default ones that ship with Ubuntu)
Ubuntu 11.10 x86_64 Continue reading