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Test Drive an Ubuntu ISO in a Virtual Machine

TestDrive is a project that makes it very easy to download and run the latest daily Ubuntu development snapshot in a virtual machine. Actually, it can be configured to download and run any URL-access ISO in a virtual machine. But the primary goal is to provide a very simple method for allowing non-technical Ubuntu users to test and provide feedback on the current Ubuntu release under development.

Click HERE to read more or follow these steps to install testdrive

To install TestDrive on Ubuntu 9.10 “Karmic Koala” or Ubuntu 10.04 “Lucid Lynx”

Open a Terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal and copy+paste the following lines:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:testdrive/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install testdrive

For older Ubuntu versions

First you need to edit /etc/apt/sources.list file open a Terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal and copy+paste the following lines:

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

For Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) users copy+paste the following lines:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/testdrive/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/testdrive/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

For Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) users copy+paste following lines:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/testdrive/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/testdrive/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main

Now save and exit the file.

To add the gpg key copy+paste the following line:

sudo apt-key adv –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com –recv-keys 4D1BAE55

Now Update the source list:

sudo apt-get update

To install test drive copy+paste the following line:

sudo apt-get install testdrive

When installed you can find testdrive  under  Applications  -> System Tools -> Test Drive an Ubuntu ISO

When started select the version you want to test and the image will be downloaded if you wish to test a different version of Ubuntu press 6 and enter the URL of the ISO you want to test and the ISO will automaticly be downloaded. When the ISO is downloaded testdrive will open a new Terminal window and start VirtualBox and now you can choose to try or install the Ubuntu version you downloaded….. enjoy your testing!!

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