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Virtual machine installation

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  1. Install VirtualBox application :
  2. Go to VirtualBox site, enter the "Downloads" section, get the application according to your operating system and the corresponding "Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack" (adds USB support).
    For details about VirtualBox installation, see the VirtualBox user manuel, and particularly, the chapter 2 (Installation details).
    In the following, your operating system (e.g Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac OS X) will be referred as the host. And the virtual machine (Linux) will be the guest.

  3. Download the compressed image of the virtual disk :
  4. You can choose 32 bits version or 64 bits version. It depends mainly of how much memory you will want to use (if it is more than 4 GB, use a 64 bits version).
    This file is about 1,5 GB. Depending of your connection speed, it may be long to download.

    This file (.VDI) is a virtual hard drive. It contains all the partitions, files needed to run a Ubuntu Linux. Elan is installed and configured.

  5. Uncompress the file.
  6. Copy the virtual disk file (.vdi) to the VirtualBox directory :
    1. Windows XP :
    2. in the users's home directory, .VirtualBox, HardDisks (e.g. for a user named winuser C:\Documents and Settings\winuser\.VirtualBox\HardDisks).

    3. Windows 7 :
    4. in the users's home directory, .VirtualBox, HardDisks (e.g. for a user named winuser C:\Documents and Settings\winuser\.VirtualBox\HardDisks).

    5. Mac OS X :
    6. in the users's home directory, Library, VirtualBox, HardDisks (e.g. for a user named macuser : /Users/macuser/Library/VirtualBox/HardDisks).

  7. Register the virtual disk with VirtualBox :
  8. launch the VirtualBox application, go to the "File" menu, then choose "Virtual Media manager". This will launch the "Virtual Media Manager" that keeps an internal registry of all virtual hard disks and other media (see more at
    Add the new virtual hard disk by clicking "Add" and select the VDI file.
    Click "OK" to close the "Virtual Media Manager".

  9. Create a new virtual machine that will use this virtual disk :
  10. click on the "New" button. Then "Next", enter a name (e.g. Ubuntu 10.04 Elan), select "Linux" as an operating system, and "Ubuntu" (or Ubuntu 64 bits) for the version. The click "Next".
    Select the amount of memory available to the virtual machine. It depends of how much RAM you have on your real machine. 2 GB is a minimal value. This value may be changed in the future. Then click "Next".
    On the page of the virtual hard drive, check "Use existing hard disk", and select in the list the virtual drive you previously registered.
    Then click "Finish". The created virtual machine appears now in the list.

  11. Launch the virtual machine :
  12. Select the virtual machine and click "Start", or double-click the virtual machine. A new window running Linux appears. It is configured with a running Elan.
    The default user is :
    The password is :

  13. If you need to change some settings of the virtual machine :
  14. Select the virtual machine, and click "Settings". You can adjust the memory size, graphical configuration, and a lot of other parameters. You will find more informations at