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Setting up a Lubuntu Virtual Machine with VMware

  1. Download and install the latest VMware (free for Duke students) from Duke OIT: https://oit.duke.edu/comp-print/software/license/detail.php?id=65Pick VMware Fusion 6 (for use with Mac OS X) or VMware Workstation 10 (for Windows and Linux).
    • Be sure to note your VMware serial number. It can be accessed through “My Account” (a link to which is provided in your order confirmation email). You will need this number to complete the installation.
    • VMware will start automatically after the installation and present a list of options that are not relevant (since we already have a virtual image prepared). You can simply cancel out of this and proceed with the instructions below.
  2. Download the Lubuntu 13.10 VMware image from: http://www.cs.duke.edu/courses/spring14/compsci290/duke-only/Lubuntu.zip. This URL will require authentication with your Duke netid. Unzip the downloaded ZIP file. The unzipped contents will reside in a folder Lubuntu.vmwarevm/. Move this folder under the directory holding your VMware virtual machines. On Mac, this directory is typically ~/Documents/Virtual Machines.localized/.
    • This image also has the Enthought Canopy Express python distribution pre-installed. By downloading this image, you agree to the terms of the Enthought Canopy Express License.
  3. Start VMWare. Choose File->Open, and browse to select the folder holding the unzipped contents. Start the virtual machine. In case VMWare asks whether this virtual machine was moved or copied, choose “copied.” Your machine should be up and running in a few seconds. At the login screen, log in as user lore with password password. You should now be presented with a Lubuntu Desktop.
  4. Your first step would be to change your password. Open up a terminal (by going to the lower-left corner of the desktop and selecting Start->Accessories->LXTerminal; the Start menu button has the Lubuntu icon on it). At the command prompt (which looks like lore@datacourse:~$), type:
    and hit return, to change your password to something more secure than the default one.
  5. Congratulations! You now have a functioning Lubuntu virtual machine. If you want to shutdown the virtual machine, use the power button at the lower-right corner of the desktop.
  6. [Optional] You can tweak VMWare configuration of your virtual machine further to improve performance. From the VMWare menu, select Virtual Machine->Settings. You can change the number of CPU cores and the amount of memory devoted to your virtual machine. You can also change the display options; if you do that, you should log into your virtual machine again, and tweak the Lubuntu display settings using Start->Preferences->Monitor Settings. Feel free to customize Lubuntu in other ways.