How to install Kubuntu Linux Feisty Fawn in OS X using Parallels

I have been trying to install various distros for several weeks under Parallels Desktop to Mac. I use Red Hat Enterprise Server at work and like to keep tabs on what is happening in the Linux desktop space. I had no problems installing Red Hat, Fedora and Windows in Parallels. I wanted to try out Ubuntu and OpenSUSE, two distros that appear to be getting a lot of press for ease of use and "good looks". However, installing either one under Parallels resulted in a blank screen. Using the directions on this website, I got Kubuntu Linux 7.0.4 (Feisty Fawn) installed and running in Parallels on my MacBook.

Check out the tutorial at

How to install Ubuntu Feisty Fawn in OS X using Parallels - a complete walkthrough - Simplehelp.

This tutorial is for anyone with an Intel-based Mac who is curious about Linux - specifically Ubuntu, and has about an hour to kill, not including the time it takes to download Ubuntu.

My Top Mac Applications

Om Malik has posted a list of his top 10 Mac applications. I use most of what he posted, but it started me thinking about my top apps. For anyone who cares, here they are:

  • Camino - I agree with Om on this one. Firefox was my favourite but I was becoming increasingly annoyed by its slow performance even in a 2GHz MacBook and Safari was not extensible. With the inclusion of some fantastic plugins from Pimp My Camino, I have all I need.
  • iChat - I have used the Jabber (XMPP) protocol to integrate my Google Talk, MSN, AIM, and Yahoo instant messenger accounts.
  • NetNewsWire - I fire this one for a daily dose of Google Reader, Web Worker Daily, and MacWorld.
  • Qumana - Simple, capable blogging application.
  • QuickSilver - I would not be as productive without this application launcher.
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac - This one makes my MacBook more valuable. I can run Windows XP, Vista and Ubuntu Linux all one machine (although not all at the same time).
  • CrossOver - For when I need to run Quicken for Windows (because Quicken for Mac SUCKS!!!)

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