Term has started and a number of students have been asking about installing the version of Ubuntu we use in the labs on their home machines. There are many ways of doing this and my preferred way is to delete windows and only use Ubuntu, however most students don't want to do this as they want windows for gaming etc.
The simplest solution to run a basic linux box suitable for basic programming / exercises needed in the first year of our courses is to use Oracle (Sun) Virtual box and install a basic linux system.
First we need to download a couple of packages. The first is the virtual box host software which can be found here and a linux iso ready to install. For the current university build we are using Ubuntu 10.4 LTS which can be found here and we are using the 64 bit version.
The following videos show the install process and how to proceed.