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Archive for the ‘Ubuntu 14.04’ Category

Installing Red Hat on Ubuntu

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Red Hat LinuxYes, you can install Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) on Ubuntu using a VM such as VirtualBox. So where do we start?

First let’s get VirtualBox installed on Ubuntu.  This is really easy.  Just click on the Ubuntu Software Center and search for VirtualBox.  Once it’s found, just click install and all the needed files get downloaded and installed without a hassle.

Okay, now that you have VirtualBox, you need to download the iso file for Red Hat.  Now depending on you PC, you need to download either the 32 bit or 64 bit version.  This is important, because even if you have a 64 bit version of Ubuntu, you would need to check your system.  Note, VirtualBox will not allow a 64 bit version to be installed on 32 bit system so be doubly sure before you download.

Assuming your downloading a 32 bit version of RHEL 6.4, the file size would be around 3 GB.  If you are using Firefox, then I would recommend installing the “DownThemAll!” extension for a smooth download.  So a 32bit iso file would look like this:
rhel-server-6.4-i386-dvd.iso
and a 64 bit like this:
rhel-server-6.4-x86_64-dvd.iso

So how long would this take?  That would depend on your network of course.  In my case, it took around 2 hours on a 4G wireless broadband.  Not bad at all!

Right!  Now we have VirtualBox installed and we have the iso file. Now all you need is to install it.  So fire up VirtualBox and go install.  To make the process smooth, just follow the step by step instructions on the following video:

Once done, you can start using Red Hat.  Well done and welcome to the world of RHEL!

Why I stayed with Ubuntu

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

It’s more than 3 years now and the experience with Linux’s desktop operating system, Ubuntu has been really good. It hasn’t been rosy all the time but when you have an amazing community of followers, there’s valuable help all the time.

It’s open-source and free, it’s safe, it’s simple and it’s fast. No more malware and viruses that used to haunt the Windows machines.

Some of the pre-installed software include LibreOffice for word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Then there’s Thunderbird for emails and Firefox for browsing. I moved into 14.04 recently and the first change that I noticed is that the OS had picked up my wireless card automatically! It’s done the same with the printer and Android phone – no notice, no noise, just ready to use! I have also installed BlueGriffon, a cool open-source, WYSIWYG, HTML editor that creates web pages in conformance to the latest web standards.

Check out this Ubuntu tour and be amazed:

http://www.ubuntu.com/tour/en/


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