I used to have dual boot Fedora 11 and Windows Vista. Being satisfied with Fedora 11 “Leonidas” and knowing Windows 7 and Fedora 13 “Goddard” has been released, I decided not to use dual boot. I would like to use Fedora 13 as the main operating system (OS). Other OSs would have to be installed on VirtualBox, in case they are needed. (Well, they are needed anyway.)

Technically, I had no problems with dual boot. The main reason why I left dual boot was that it was so difficult to organize my data that they were badly cluttered. Another reason is that I will have to get some ideas on OSSEC HIDS server and agent modes.
So, my plans are/were as follows.
  1. Test and install the burnt Fedora 13 DVD on VirtualBox <OK>
    The DVD I burned was slightly corrupted, but I managed to install with default settings… 

     

  2. Install Fedora 13 on my laptop (Lenovo X61) <OK>
    Similar to Fedora 11, Fedora 13 provides seamless default installation.
    My first impression on the installed Fedora 13 was it has made good improvement for security. Aside from data Storage encryption has been in Fedora 11, Fedora 13 now provides more tools for managing authentication data (password and public keys).
  3. Install VirtualBox on Fedora 13 <OK>
    So, I made Fedora 13 as the VirtualBox host/OSSEC server. Some dependencies on QT had to be resolved. I also had to update kernel, and install kernel header of the right kernel version.
  4. Install Windows 7 as guest OS on VirtualBox <OK>
    I allocated 512MB RAM, which is not enough for starting Google Chrome or IE8 (but Safari can start up..). The main purpose of this guest is to read data from my Nokia 5630 and Skype-ing (hehe.. just for fun).
    To get the sound card to work, I installed some kind of RealTek stuff and use Windows Update.

  5. Install 1 Windows and 1 Linux OS as VirtualBox guest OS <OK>
    WinXP (with 256MB RAM) has been installed.
    Now trying to experiment with several Linux, especially Linux Mint.
    I have tried Fedora 13, Ubuntu 10.04, and DSL4. Unfortunately… Fedora 13 too huge. I tried installing Ubuntu but it failed starting up smoothly after 3 times installations (corrupted or probably need more than 512 RAM). DSL does not get along well with VirtualBox Guest Additions.

  6. Install anything else needed for guest OS<OK>
    For folder sharing, VirtualBox Guest Additions were installed.
    In Windows 7 and XP guests, the shared folder can be accessed in
    \\VBOXSVR\<shared_folder_name>
    In Linux guests, some commands are needed to be executed to mount the shared folder…
  7. Restore data <OK>

My laptop spec:

[root@niamutiara Downloads]# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub (rev 0c)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 0c)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 0c)
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82566MM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 03)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev f3)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HBM (ICH8M-E) LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection (rev 02)
05:00.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev ba)
05:00.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 04)
05:00.2 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 21)


 

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