ED 30: Linux Virtual Machine (15 pts)

What You Need for This Project


This gives you a Debian Linux system to use on top of a Mac or Windows box.

Task 1: Install a Hypervisor

Install VMware, VirtualBox, or some other virtualization software on your machine.

If you are new to virtualization, I recommend these products, which are both free:

Task 2: Download and Import a Linux Virtual Machine

If you have an Intel processor, which is the most common, you can download a prebuilt machine, as explained below.

If you are using a Mac M1 or M2, use the steps in the blue box below. Download the VMWare image for Debian 11 from https://www.linuxvmimages.com/images/debian-11/.

Most people prefer the "Regular installation" with a desktop. I use the "minimal" version most often, which is headless.

Fast Download for Debian 11.1 VMware Regular Installation

See the "Import VM Image" section on the linuxvmimages page, shown at the bottom of the image below, for instructions to extract and use the downloaded file.

Mac M1 or M2

These systems use an ARM processor, so you need to download a Debian install ISO file from the link below, connect it to your virtual CD-ROM file, and install Debian on your virtual machine manually.

As of Jan 25, 2023, the installer file is named debian-11.6.0-arm64-netinst.iso and it appears at the bottom of this page:

Debian ARM Installation Images

Launch your Linux machine.

Log in with the username debian and a password of debian

ED 30.1: OS Version (15 pts)

In your Linux machine, open a Terminal window and execute this command:
uname -a
The flag is covered by a green rectangle in the image below.

Posted 1-25-21
Updated 1-24-23
Video added 3-15-23
Fast download link added 8-11-23