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Running Fedora 10 using VirtualBox on MacBook Pro

May 19, 2009

VirtualBox is a freely available open source x86 virtualization product released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).  I was directed to this product by a colleague of mine while trying to find a way to get a Linux bash shell running on my MacBook Pro for Linux Certification training purposes.  There are a ton of great images available covering GNU/Linux, GNU OpenSolaris, BSD and others.  Here is my experience getting Fedora 10 running in VirtualBox on my MacBook Pro:

Note: instructions provided are for VirtualBox 2.2.2 and OS X

1. Download and Install VirtualBox for OS X
2. Download the Fedora image
3. Uncompress the Fedora 7Z somewhere you want to store it (you may need p7Zip, EZ 7Z or something else to uncompress)
4. Launch VirtualBox
5. Click New
6. Click Next button
7. Enter name ‘Fedora10-x86’ (can be anything you want)
8. Operating System: Linux
9. Version: Fedora
10. Click Next
11. Memory: I recommend 512MB+ (you will get much faster boot time with 1024MB)
12. Click Next
13. Use existing hard disk
14. Click the little folder icon
15. Click Add
16. Browse for the VDI file you extracted in step 3
17. Click Open
18. Click Select
19. Click Next
20. Click Finish
21. Select Fedora10-x86 and click Start
22. Login with the credentials you saw from the linked page in step 2
23. ENJOY!

Logan Peters

Fedora 10 running in VirtualBox on Macbook Pro

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