Installing Moblin For A Test Drive
Moblin beta was recently made available for download (see Moblin v2.0, A New Operating System For Netbooks?). For test driving Moblin I elected to install it under Microsoft Virtual PC 2007. The first thing to do was download the image then rename the extension from .img to .iso. Next, Virtual PC was started up and a new partition created using the “Welcome to the New Virtual Machine Wizard”. I created a new virtual machine, selected Next, gave the virtual machine a name, selected the operating system “Other” then adjusted the RAM from the default of 128 MB to 512 MB, created a new virtual hard disk (16 GB – the default), then chose Finish.
From within Virtual PC, under the CD menu, The .iso image was captured and the virtual image started.
The welcome screen is the first screen to appear giving a number of options including Booting from the image, Booting and Installing, Verifying and Booting, Installing from a Network, and booting from a local drive. For this exercise I selected Boot and Install.