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Ubuntu 8.10 VMware Image

Ubuntu is a popular and user friendly Linux distribution which is based on Debian. The homepage of the Debian appliances gets you started with VMware and its virtual PC in general and with Debian appliances specifically. Here is explained where the configuration of the Ubuntu appliance differs.

Ubuntu Linux in Windows

Please use the zip.torrent file and download with BitTorrent if you can!

You only need the zip file above, the free Player from VMware, at least Windows NT or any other newer x86 OS (Windows, Mac or Linux) in which the Player can be installed, enough RAM and about 3 GB free space on your hard disk. Ubuntu in its virtual PC (the VMware Player) resides in a few ordinary files that come with the zip file and can be handled with every file manager.

The Ubuntu 8.10 VMware Appliance is a full Gnome desktop installation. It offers about 26000 free packages for point and click installation along with security updates.

So what exactly is this appliance?

  • Ubuntu 8.10 with Gnome 2.24
  • full desktop system with applications
  • installed into VMware Player 2.5
  • newest VMwareTools 6.5.0-118166 installed
  • 10 GB disc capacity split into files < 2 GB
  • 320MB RAM, absolute minimum 196MB

There is one user configured:

  • username: user password: user administrative password: user

Easily changeable details:

  • language: English
  • keyboard: German
  • screen resolution: 1024*768 (adapts automatically to the size of the host window)


  • For VMware Player >= 2.x or VMware Workstation >= 6.x
  • VMwaretools are fully installed
  • Access shared folders of the host by the built-in facility of Workstation or Player 2.x
  • Access network folders of the host by virtual networking via SMBFS or CIFS
  • All files are smaller than 2 GB to be able to make a snapshot by packing them with zip
  • If the host is online the system is ready for installation of new packages (more than 26000). The default repository addresses of the sources.list for Ubuntu 8.10 include the community supported ones. Just start System-> Administration-> Synaptic and press reload
  • For more information start the Firefox web browser. It has its start page pointed to this page so that it is most convenient to get e.g. networking set up (you will have to copy and paste commands)

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