[Digikam-users] Virtual Box experiences

sleepless sleeplessregulus at hetnet.nl
Wed Sep 7 17:26:23 BST 2011

Hi Paul,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience. First time I here about 
WUBI. I understand it intalls Ubuntu under windows.
Few questions:
Does it give you a native ubuntu started from within windows, or does it 
run on top of windows?
Are your drives mounted or mountable as they are in native ubuntu?
Does digikam run without trouble?
Can you use existing db?

Op 07-09-11 15:30, Paul Verizzo schreef:
> Hopefully this won't become another HTML scrubbed mail.  Grrrrrrr......
> A very long, very much time wasted experience boils down to: Forget 
> Virtual Box.  First, some distros just won't install (OpenSUSE comes 
> to mind, can't remember why) and some install but upon starting the 
> virtual machine, behave as if you were at the beginning of the live 
> CD, like the newest Mandriva and Fedora.
> Ubuntu, Mint, Mint Debian, PC Linux OS, installed and ran fine, to 
> name a few.  The challenge starts with Guest Additions.
> Usually, but not always, it installed without issue.  For me, it is 
> imperative to be able to "see" my Windows C partitions because that's 
> where my database is, and my D partition because that's where my three 
> photo folders are.  Well, yes, there are the partitions in the Linux 
> media folder, no problem.  But trying to access them, holy cow!  
> Problems about permissions, etc.  Frankly, not worth the head banging.
> Reading the VB manual, there are many further instructions how to set 
> this up to avoid the problems, with plenty of lines of entry for 
> Terminal addicts.  Forget it.  A good example why Linux is stuck at 2% 
> of the desktop market.
> I scrubbed my ext3 and swap partitions on my hard drive which I was 
> using for dual boot trials, put the empty space back into the C and D 
> partitions, and installed Wubi.  Beautiful.  No GRUB, just another 
> line in the easy to edit c:\boot.ini text file.  Windows partitions 
> right there in Places.
> Perhaps it will be awhile before Ubuntu updates digiKam to 2.0, but in 
> the mean time, what's not to love?
> Not on topic, but here's something I've come to realize:  Ubuntu is 
> succeeding as the dominant Linux distro (50%+ use, it is believed) 
> because someone (Canonical) is in charge.  It is the same reason that 
> Mac OS is getting thousands of converts from Windows every day.  
> Someone is in charge, someone is making decisions to keep things 
> (mostly) compatible and easy-ish to use.  Less burping, farting, head 
> banging and other anti-social OS experiences.  Not what the anarchic 
> Linux community wants to hear, but it's hard to argue with results.  
> If Linux ever becomes a sort of-quasi-semi-mainstream OS, it will be 
> because of Canonical or similar company.
> My two cents.  Paul
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