NOTE: This blog series is obsolete. Head on over to the Harmony/Melody Club where you'll find information on the new Linaro compiler and the new CDFJ coprocessor/bankswitch scheme that has many improvements over DPC+.
If you're running Linux, you can skip Part 1.
First off, head over to VirtualBox and download the version for your OS. Install it.
Download the Ubuntu ISO image (an ISO image is basically a CD/DVD/Blu-ray in file form). While you're free to use any Linux Distribution you wish, if you don't use Ubuntu then some of the steps will probably be different. Also note that because the compiler is 32 bit software, it's easier to get running if you install the 32-bit version of Ubuntu. The download defaults to 64-bit, so be sure to use the dropdown to change that:
download 32-bit Ubuntu
Run VirtualBox and click on the New button.
Welcome to VirtualBox!
Fill in the Name, Type and Version.
Name and operating system
Set memory size. The default is 512 MB. That's probably plenty, but my Mac Pro has 16 GB, so I went ahead and increased it to 2048 MB (2 GB).
Create the Hard Drive. Take the defaults on the next 4 forms.
Hard drive file type
Storage on physical hard drive
File location and size
At this point your VM (Virtual Machine) has been created, along with a VDI file. Just like the ISO is a CD/DVD in a file, you can consider the VDI as a Hard Drive in a file.
Your VM is currently powered off, hit Start to power it on.
VirtualBox knows it's a new VM, so it displays a dialog that's basically asking you to "Insert CD".
Select the ISO image for Ubuntu that you downloaded, if you downloaded what I did then the filename will be ubuntu-14.04.1-desktop-i386.iso
NOTE: If you accidentally canceled the dialog you'll end up seeing a message FATAL: No bootable medium found! System halted. If that happens, do the following steps to get back on track:
- Select the Devices menu
- Select the CD/DVD Devices menu option
Select the Choose a virtual CD/DVD disk file... submenu option
- Select the ISO image
- Select the Machine menu
Select the Reset menu option
After a little bit, you VM will finish booting from the ISO and you'll see the Try/Install screen. Click Install.
Take the defaults on the Preparing to install Ubuntu form
Preparing to install Ubuntu
Take the defaults on the Installation type form
There will be a short delay while your VDI file is formatted. After that you'll set where you are. It's really just setting your time zone, so it's OK that it auto-detected Chicago even though I'm in Houston.
Where are you?
Next you'll select your keyboard layout.
Then you'll need to fill in your name and create a password
Who are you?
Ubuntu will now install
Welcome to Ubuntu 14.04
After awhile it'll finish. Click Restart Now.
Eventually you'll see the following. VirtualBox will automatically "eject the CD" so just hit ENTER to restart the VM.
Login to your VM
Have you noticed the messages at the top of the VM? You can click on them to show more detail.
There's also two buttons on the right side of each message that will dismiss them. The left button closes it for now, but the message will show back up again later. The right button will permanently dismiss the message.
dismiss message buttons
After you've logged on, you'll see the following. That's it for today though, so click on the gear like icon in the top-right:
Select the Shut Down... menu option
Then select the right icon to shut down. The left icon will do a reboot.
In part 2 we'll cover:
- Installing Guest Additions - this will let you resize the VM window and have Ubuntu automatically resize it's screen.
- turn on clipboard sharing
- share a folder/directory between your OS and Ubuntu