Portable Ubuntu actually uses Cooperative Linux or CoLinux to Run Ubuntu Like a Real Windows Based Program. You can compile your own version or use ready made. For Open Source Private Cloud Software like Open Stack or Dev Stack we need Ubuntu on the Bare Metal, for that purpose we published articles like how to run Ubuntu Live Using External SATA Hard Disk, Run Ubuntu as Live USB or Virtualization from Pen Drive and a guide video too. But in all these cases, Ubuntu is no actually within Windows as a native program, this is what Portable Ubuntu serves the purpose.
Resources of Portable Ubuntu : Pre-packed or Custom Build
There are many prototype Portable Ubuntu are available as Open Source projects for free, you can download them and use them. The basic behind them is Cooperative Virtual Machine – a VM without Virtualization. They are compiled and made to run as Default Windows Program. For example you can use this :
or this :
To get Portable Ubuntu. But these are actually not created from minimal installation of Ubuntu. They are compiled for usage by a typical desktop user. Definitely you can use these ready made Portable Ubuntu for Private Cloud Bare Metal, but a custom build for your purpose is what is needed.
Portable Ubuntu for Private Cloud Bare Metal : Tips
It is logically possible to Open Stack with a custom build Portable Ubuntu. Although we have not heard of such precompiled version ! The way these Portable Ubuntu should be launched is described. Unzip the file (if it is a compressed file) which you have downloaded from sourceforge. If you extract there will be a folder. We are using Console2 with Windows CMD shell (you can search with Console2 in this website’s search box for customization and tips) :
Change Directory (CD) to the location where the exe file is (like in the above is C:Users….) and type the exe files full name (that is written as example) and hit enter key. Ubuntu will get Installed like a Dock Application to be perfect in description. That dock will have all the option, programs of Ubuntu etc. It will appear on the top and a shut down will also show – it is actually to close the VM.
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