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Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop Vmware Image Download


How to Download and Set Up an Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop VMware Image




Ubuntu 10.04, codenamed Lucid Lynx, was released in April 2010 and is no longer supported by Canonical since April 2015. However, some users may still want to use this old version of Ubuntu for various reasons, such as compatibility, nostalgia, or curiosity. In this article, we will show you how to download and set up an Ubuntu 10.04 desktop VMware image on your host operating system.


Downloading the VMware Image




There are two ways to obtain an Ubuntu 10.04 desktop VMware image: downloading it from a third-party website or creating it from an ISO file. We will explain both methods below.


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Downloading from a Third-Party Website




One of the websites that provides ready-made VMware images of various Linux distributions is OSBoxes. You can visit their [Ubuntu page] and scroll down to find the Ubuntu 10.04 section. There, you will see two download links: one for the 32-bit version and one for the 64-bit version. Choose the one that suits your host system and click on it to start the download.


The downloaded file will be a compressed archive with the .7z extension. You will need a program that can extract this type of file, such as [7-Zip] for Windows or [p7zip] for Linux. After extracting the archive, you will get a .vmdk file, which is the virtual disk image of Ubuntu 10.04.


Creating from an ISO File




If you prefer to create your own VMware image of Ubuntu 10.04 from scratch, you will need to download the ISO file from the official Ubuntu website. You can go to their [download page] and select "Alternative downloads" from the menu. Then, click on "Browse a list of archived versions" and choose "Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx)" from the list. You will see several options for different architectures and flavors of Ubuntu 10.04. For this tutorial, we will use the "ubuntu-10.04-desktop-i386.iso" file, which is the 32-bit version of Ubuntu 10.04 with the GNOME desktop environment.


After downloading the ISO file, you will need to create a new virtual machine in VMware Workstation and mount the ISO file as a virtual CD-ROM drive. You can follow the steps below to do this:



  • Open VMware Workstation and click on "Create a New Virtual Machine" from the home tab or the file menu.



  • Select "Typical (recommended)" as the configuration type and click on "Next".



  • Select "Installer disc image file (iso)" as the guest operating system installation option and browse to the location of the ISO file you downloaded. Click on "Next".



  • Select "Linux" as the guest operating system and "Ubuntu" as the version. Click on "Next".



  • Enter a name and a location for your virtual machine and click on "Next".



  • Specify the disk capacity and select "Store virtual disk as a single file". Click on "Next".



  • Review the settings and click on "Finish".




Setting Up the Ubuntu VMware Machine




Now that you have an Ubuntu 10.04 desktop VMware image, either downloaded or created, you can start it and set up some basic configurations. The steps are similar for both methods, except for some minor differences in the installation process.


Setting Up from a Downloaded Image




If you downloaded the VMware image from OSBoxes, you can skip the installation process and go directly to the login screen. The default username and password are both "osboxes.org". After logging in, you will see the Ubuntu 10.04 desktop with a brown theme and some icons on the left side.


You may want to change some settings to suit your preferences, such as:



  • The keyboard layout: Go to System > Preferences > Keyboard and select your layout from the "Layouts" tab.



  • The screen resolution: Go to System > Preferences > Monitors and adjust the resolution and refresh rate.



  • The updates and software: Go to System > Administration > Update Manager and check for updates. You can also install additional software from the Ubuntu Software Center or the Synaptic Package Manager.




Setting Up from a Created Image




If you created the VMware image from an ISO file, you will need to go through the installation process first. After mounting the ISO file as a virtual CD-ROM drive, start the virtual machine and follow the instructions on the screen. You will need to:



  • Select your language and click on "Install Ubuntu".



  • Choose your time zone and keyboard layout.



  • Enter your name, username, password, and hostname for your system.



  • Select "Erase and use the entire disk" as the partitioning method.



  • Wait for the installation to complete and restart the system when prompted.




After rebooting, you will see the login screen. Enter your username and password and you will see the Ubuntu 10.04 desktop with a purple theme and some icons on the top panel.


You may want to change some settings to suit your preferences, such as:



  • The appearance: Go to System > Preferences > Appearance and select a different theme, background, or font.



  • The network: Go to System > Preferences > Network Connections and configure your wired or wireless connection.



  • The updates and software: Go to System > Administration > Update Manager and check for updates. You can also install additional software from the Ubuntu Software Center or the Synaptic Package Manager.




Conclusion




In this article, we showed you how to download and set up an Ubuntu 10.04 desktop VMware image on your host operating system. You can use this image to run Ubuntu 10.04 as a secondary OS on your primary system, or to test some applications or features that are specific to this old version of Ubuntu. We hope you found this article helpful and informative.


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