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  1. InvictusHB
    March 27, 2012

    Thanks for the write up! Unfortunately Macbook pros new wireless does not have support drivers. Hopefully soon they will be release so wireless will work.

    • Cory
      March 27, 2012

      You sure? I’m online with VM’s on my MacBook Pro. Check out Settings and make sure you have it configured properly, though maybe it is different for linux?

  2. InvictusHB
    March 27, 2012

    Oh my bad I meant it does not work if you have it dual booted. Its nice to know that VM works though!

  3. Makka
    March 28, 2012

    Ubuntu – A bad copy of Mac OS X.

    The old versions of Ubuntu (like 8.04) couldn’t be considered as a clone of another operating system (unless you want to count Ubuntu as a clone of Debian), but later version started to look more and more like Mac OS X.

    First they switched the three buttons to minimize, maximize and close a window from the right side to the left side and changed the order of these butons to the exact same order as the buttons in Mac OS X. They introduced a clone of the Dock of Mac OS X, they removed the menubars from the windows and put a menubar on the top of the screen, just like in Mac OS X. The thing from the last screenshot (the place where you start your apps) is just a bad copy of Lions Launchpad.

    Linux has never managed (and will never manage) to get any market share, but they see the succes of Mac OS X, so Ubuntu just copies everything from Mac OS X. They just hope to get any market share by just copying everything from the Mac.

    Ubuntu is just a really bad copy of Mac OS X with way too many bugs to be usable for every day usage.

    • John
      March 4, 2013

      This is the stupidest comment I’ve ever heard. If you don’t like Unity (the thing that borrows a very small amount of OSX’s nice features) then you can just install gnome or some other window manager. It has nothing to do with Linux or Ubuntu.

      Also, Linux may not have market share on desktops but do you know the likelihood that this website is hosted on a linux machine?

    • Vivek
      November 8, 2013

      so stupid.
      – Mac is more successful than linux. Really ? Is money-making the only factor of your success. Why dont you sell drugs, rather than wasting time on blogs, reading and learning.
      – Well “copying Mac” or I think doing the thing right is more important, no matter who did it first. Go and spend time on ubuntu blogs, read articles when they defend the design paradigm shift towards. It makes so sense in what they are doing.
      – For “unity”, no other operating system is even close to the roadmap for unity. Windows 8 did a shitty job, trying to make a ubiquitous interface for all devices. Apple is not in the games by far. UNITY is the only system which is good at it.

    • Tony
      March 30, 2015

      “Linux has never managed (and will never manage) to get any market share,”….

      Ubuntu runs 70% of the Cloud Market you dumb@ss….

  4. abuabdullah
    March 28, 2012

    thank you very much

  5. Dobo
    March 29, 2012

    Thanks for the article. It gave me something to do on my lunch break other than work for a change.

  6. George
    April 6, 2012

    After installation on my intel iMac on OS 10.6.8 the Linux window just sat there dark without any thing inside it. Nothing happened.

  7. Logan
    April 7, 2012

    I have OS X Mountain Lion and, just warning you all, VirtualBox does not work on the beta OS.

  8. alex
    April 13, 2012

    I have tried to install Ubuntu Linux LTS 32bit (and after 64bit) with VirtualBox on osx 10.6.8 macbookpro 2008.
    I did not succeed to get a working network connection on Ubuntu (I use only wifi network) is it normal? Do you know which is the configuration of the adapter I should have to get the network?


  9. Dougy Fresh
    June 16, 2012

    Would it be a smart approach to create a guest account on Lion and then install only VirtualBox and then an Ubuntu image? Sort of like a simulated dual-boot without actually partitioning and all that?

    • Matt
      June 16, 2012

      You wouldn’t get much benefit from that, you might as well just run VirtualBox from your main account. You can attempt to maximize the performance by just running VirtualBox on it’s own without other apps open and by dedicating it as many resources as you can afford. Parallels runs Ubuntu well too.

  10. vikrant
    July 8, 2012

    after the installation of linux in virtualbox,when i click on “start” again the installation comes,but i am not able to find the installed os.can anyone help me in how to start the os which is installed through virtualbox,as i am new to this software.

  11. Holi
    July 27, 2012

    After I clicked “Install Ubuntu” I was faced with two options – (a) overwrite existing OS or (b) add partitions. Which do I choose?

    • Peter
      September 20, 2012

      I believe that the answer to this is that it doesn’t matter, because you are dealing with a virtual OS, which means virtual storage as well.

      Although maybe the better answer is to choose (a) overwrite, because it reduces complexity of handling virtual partitions.

  12. Gian
    August 4, 2012

    Thanks for the post. I found it very useful.

  13. Nathan
    September 27, 2012

    Ubuntu 12.4 LTS – installing now. I have been using it for the almost a year on a handful of computers. I could not be more happy! Used OS X for a solid 10 years – and now it just seems Apple has really decided to tick me off – tons of broken machines, phones, ipods, the list is endless. Ubuntu is EASY to use – and difficult to break.

  14. Michael
    November 17, 2012

    Had Ubuntu on my 2007 iMac since this first posted and it ran fine. Recently I upgraded to a Mac Mini and moved my .vdi file to a second drive along with my home folder. Reason is, I needed space on my newly installed SSD drive. In the process of moving the file, I lost the original settings. Now Ubuntu is painfully slow. So slow, in fact that I have time to go make a pot of coffee and come back to find it still booting. In hopes that someone can check their settings, I’ll post what I have things set for. I look forward to some input.

    My Mac is a 2011 Mini-2.5GHz, i5, with 16g of Ram, a 240g SSD and a 500g HDD. The OS (10.8.2) is on the SSD and my documents are on the HDD, along with the Virtual Drive(s).

    Here’s what I have for settings…
    Name: Ubuntu VM
    OS: Ubuntu 64bit
    Base Memory: 2048MB
    Boot Order: Hard Disk
    Acceleration: VT-x/AMD-V, Nested Paging, PAE/NX
    Vid Mem: 64MB
    Remote Server: Disabled
    Controller: IDE
    IDE Primary Master: Ubuntu Linux.vdi (Normal, 8.00 GB)
    IDE Secondary Master: [CD/DVD] Empty
    Host Driver: CoreAudio
    Controller: ICH AC97
    Network: Intel PRO/1000 MT Desktop (Bridged Adapter, en0: Ethernet)
    Device Filters: 0 (0 active)

    Any suggestions would be most appreciated…

  15. Steven
    January 19, 2013

    What if it never reboots?

  16. Liam
    November 27, 2013

    I click on restart and it freezes. What do I do?

  17. nada
    February 25, 2014

    Thank you
    But I have problem it’s show me that I don’t have available drive space while there is 22.485 GB free ??

    Should I connect usb or what ??

    Need your help

  18. Chris
    December 6, 2014

    Worked like a charm on the freshly upgraded Yosemite. Not a single problem getting ubuntu up and running on my mac. Thanks for the great article.

    • Max
      January 1, 2015

      Chris, Were you able to encrypt your Ubuntu installation?

      I’d like to create a VM with Ubuntu on my iMac, but want to encrypt the Ubuntu system.

      I have read that some folks have had problems doing this.

  19. sprout
    February 11, 2016

    Thanks for this! Just got my first taste of Linux (PureOS) on a mid 2013 Retina MacBook Pro. It runs as fast as OS X. Time to switch to Linux!

  20. Robert Stevens
    April 10, 2016

    I am getting this message after I hit “start”

    This kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detected an i686 CPU. Unable to boot – please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU.

    What do I do? I have never used VirtualBox or Ubuntu before.

  21. Matt
    November 3, 2016

    Thank you for this article.

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