Running tuxtrans as a Virtual Machine using Virtualbox
tuxtrans may be run in a virtual environment from a host pc without the need to change anything in your pc setup. Just install Oracle Virtualbox in your pc and setup tuxtrans as a virtual machine as shown in the following video (host machine: tuxtrans installed on HD; VM: tuxtrans running from the downloaded DVD-image ISO file; in real time, so please be patient):
Before installing tuxtrans be sure to make a backup of your data or of the complete hard disk!
After the boot procedure you are logged in automatically as user. To install the system you need to start the install script "install tuxtrans" by clicking the desktop icon or by choosing the relevant menu item in the 'system' or 'settings' menu.
The first thing to do is to choose the language of your installed system, so please choose your language in the following screen.
The screen "Preparing to install tuxtrans" gives you the options to download updates (not recommended as you may always do this from the installed system).
Be careful when the installer is going to ask for the "Installation type", it gives you a few choices depending on the installed operating systems and the type of boot procedure (please read this on UEFI and Ubuntu):
- install tuxtrans alongside your already running system so that you may choose at startup which system to boot
- erase disk and install tuxtrans, recommended if you are going to install a tuxtrans only system
- encrypt the new tuxtrans installation for security
- use LVM with the new tuxtrans installation
- something else, which means setting up your own partitions for your hard drive, this is the recommended option for more expert users if you know your system setup.
Choose carefully and always make a backup of your data unless your are installing it on a pc where you do not have any data stored.
Depending on your choice you will be presented one of the following screens:
More experienced users may choose "Specify partitions manually" and reserve one partition for the root directory / with at least 20 GB formatted with EXT4, another for the home directories /home with the biggest amount of disk space also formatted with EXT4, and finally a small swap disk.
Such a setup would make it very easy to update your tuxtrans installation with the newest release keeping your home partition and all the configuration files and data stored there. So, whenever there is a new release of tuxtrans, download the new iso file, make a bootable USB stick out of it, and install it by choosing "something else" and install it on the root partition / (activate format), choose also the /home partition but without formating it: all your data and configuration will remain untouched.If you want to install tuxtrans alongside Windows, this installer will detect it automatically and propose to install tuxtrans side by side. Anyway, always be careful not to touch the partition where Windows is installed. If you take care of this it is easy to install a double boot pc, meaning a pc where you can choose at startup whether you want to work with Windows or with tuxtrans. You may also reduce the space of the existing Windows partition manually by starting gparted from the tuxtrans live cd/usb and creating a new partition using the remaining free space on your hard disk.
The next screen lets you choose your location and time zone.
The system also needs to know your preferred keyboard layout. Here you should choose the keyboard layout of the language you have chosen, i.e. the language of your installed system, so that you will get a homogeneous system in your language with the appropriate keyboard layout. You may add other languages and change your keyboard layout any time after the install.
On the next screen "Who are you" you should input your name and the username you will use to log in into the system. Specify a password. Be careful: This user will have administrative rights on the system and this password will be needed for root privileges. After the install you may add new users, but you will always need this first password to perform administrative actions (installing software, changing things in the system, ecc.).
tuxtrans is now ready to install.
Click on the "continue" button to start the install procedure; but remember: Linux will always format (wipe clean) the partitions chosen for the install! tuxtrans will now copy all files to your hard disk.
After the install tuxtrans will give you the option to continue testing the system or to start up the newly installed system. That's it, your pc is ready with a newly installed tuxtrans!
See also our installation guide in Italian as presented in a recent workshop: wstuxtrans-installa.pdf 1200k.
You will find help with installing Ubuntu (the basis for tuxtrans) here: