Lifetime Windows user experimenting with Linux for first time ever on Virtual Box!!!



captain-sensible

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that will do it ! Pretty sure your PC is 64 bit so go for 64 bit iso 's mint 64 bit cinnamon goes great on my PC (live so won't do anything)if you can get persistence working then you can use that usb as a tool eg gparted etc
 

captain-sensible

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i just booted Mint cinammon there were some errors i fixed it ; installed medit as a test and rebooted. it remembers wifi password and medit was still there. This is a correct set up for one iso on a 4 gig stick :
Code:
ventoy
├── ISO
│ └── linuxmint-19.3-cinnamon-64bit.iso
├── persistence.img
└── ventoy
└── ventoy.json
So directory ISO with mint in it
directory ventoy within usb with ventoy.json in it. Quite a few have been fooled by usb label after formating , which is also "ventoy" .

persistence.img just drag and drop usb.
Code:
ventoy.json:

{
  
  
    "control": [
        { "VTOY_DEFAULT_MENU_MODE": "0" },
        { "VTOY_FILT_DOT_UNDERSCORE_FILE": "1" },
        { "VTOY_DEFAULT_SEARCH_ROOT": "/ISO" }
    ],

 
  
     "persistence": [
        {
           "image": "/ISO/linuxmint-19.3-cinnamon-64bit.iso",
            "backend": "/persistence.img"
        }
    ]

}
 

Matthew1674

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that will do it ! Pretty sure your PC is 64 bit so go for 64 bit iso 's mint 64 bit cinnamon goes great on my PC (live so won't do anything)if you can get persistence working then you can use that usb as a tool eg gparted etc
My my PC is most certainly is a 64 bit. I will try Linux Mint Cinnamon and I trying Ubuntu in the VM right now.
 

Tolkem

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Thanks everyone for the useful tips and advice. I will be using all of it going forward. In the meantime for today ill be using my VM to get a feel for Linux. I am about to watch a tutorial on BASH so that would be fun.
Just to add my 2 cents here. Before jumping into ventoy and run live distros get familiar with the one or ones you'll like to use in a VM first. If Mint, learn how to use it in a VM. Also, when trying live you have to change the boot order in your bios so it boots from the USB device. BTW, you can install Linux in the USB too, I run a few ones in a couple of USB devices and they work just fine, in fact, they work great. The only catch is that you'll need to unplug the internal disk, which might be not too easy in a laptop or at least a bit harder than in a desktop.
 

Matthew1674

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I am about to buy a usb stick so have the option of running a live one when I am ready. I may stick with VM for a minute because this is my first time using Linux.
 

Tolkem

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I am about to buy a usb stick so have the option of running a live one when I am ready. I may stick with VM for a minute because this is my first time using Linux.
When I started using Linux I did in virtualbox too, I installed as many distros as I wanted and had and still do a lot of fun with those. Later, I decided to try dual booting windows/linux, that was fairly easy since I'd used the distro before in VBox and knew exactly what I had to do, now I don't use Windows anymore, well that's not entirely true cause I do have a W7 VM to use a couple of apps that won't work in Linux, so technically I still do ... Anyway, I think you should get very familiar with the distro or distros you'd like to try in your real cp in VBox first, thus avoiding wasting time and frustration which could ruin the whole experience. BTW, you could create a Windows VM and practice the dual booting process with that first too by following one of the many tutorials available on the web.
 
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