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Ofcourse you can install any linux distribution on this virtual machine. These are just examples to show you what settings I will be changing to have a smooth working virtual machine.

You will also learn how to install via USB. It is a bit tricky.

My hardware has 8 GB RAM and 8 cores (i7).
That is why I can afford to give some of them away to the virtual machine as you will see in the movie.

This is all done on a clean install of Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon. I downloaded the updates and I am using the standard kernel. After a while I got bored with my spartan look and installed all the icons and themes from my github :

Collection of Distributions

  • Elementary OS Loki
  • Solus Budgie 12.1
  • Antergos nov/2016
  • Ubuntu 16.10
  • Linux Mint 18 Mate
  • Archlinux 2016.11 – Budgie and Cinnamon
  • Bunsenlabs aka Crunchbang


Installing Elementary OS as a virtual machine via USB


Installing via an iso or a read dvd is the easiest way. Since I have a dozen usb’s with the most important distro’s, I want to be able to use those USB’s.

That is a bit tricky. You can follow the steps I took and here you can read about it.


Installing Solus Budgie 1.2.1 Shannon as a virtual machine via iso



Installing Antergos as a virtual machine via iso

Antergos gives us a choice to install 5 desktop environments with the use of an awesome installer :

  • base (no desktop interesting to install i3wm or any other tiling window manager for example)
  • Cinnamon  from Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon
  • Gnome from Ubuntu Gnome, …
  • KDE from Kubuntu, Chakra, Suse
  • Mate from Linux Mint 18 Mate, Ubuntu Mate, …
  • Openbox
  • XFCE  from Linux Mint 18 Xfce, Xubuntu, …



Installing Ubuntu 16.10  as a virtual machine via USB



Installing Linux Mint 18  Mate as a virtual machine via iso



Installing Archlinux Budgie as a virtual machine via iso

You can install Archlinux with any of its desktops on a virtual machine too. It only takes a bit longer to install and you will be typing a lot more.

I followed my own guide at this github:

This guide is the minimum I will need after reading the Archlinux wiki installation guide.

HOWEVER I had to change only ONE THING.

In fase 3 I would normally install the driver sudo pacman -S xf86-video-nouveau but since we are in a vmware machine I installed :

sudo pacman -S xf86-video-vmware

Then I ran all my scripts from the github one by one deciding what to install and what not. I installed the Sardi icons, the Arc Dark theme and variety for wallpapers.

Read more about the Budgie desktop in the articles about Solus Budgie.



When you installed Archlinux Budgie you will need to keep on installing icons, themes and cursors to make it more agreeable. We will do this in the next movie.



All I do is follow the numbering of the scripts and install them in batches.

I install gnome-tweak-tool to easily change the icons and the themes.

sudo pacman -S gnome-tweak-tool



COPY/PASTE Arch Budgie and installing Cinnamon as extra desktop

Installing software is in no way different then the previous movie about Budgie. Here we install cinnamon and on this github you can get some inspiration.


Installing Bunsenlabs aka Crunchbang as a virtual machine via iso

More info here.