Parallels Linux Install

The Parallels Virtual Install Environment has been around for a long time and it has had the capability of installing a Linux Distribution. No, I am not advocating using Linux in place of the Mac, but just for fun I installed Ubuntu Linux in my Parallels.

Ubuntu Linux

Parallels has the ability to install other versions of Linux like Debian, Fedora, etc. I tried installing some of them, but was unsuccessful for some reason. However, my Ubuntu install went flawlessly. To begin a Linux install in Parallels (I am using version 11 of Parallels) just select “New” from the File Menu and you will be taken to this window:

Select Ubuntu and click Continue and you will be taken to the Download screen:

Once Ubuntu is downloaded it does some setup and then asks you to create a password for the OS. Linux is a fairly secure work environment unlike Windoze. After you have logged in Ubuntu asks you for the “Root” password so it can install Parallels Tools. The “Root” password is the password you just created:

Once Parallels Tools is installed the OS is rebooted. Then you can login to the Ubuntu Desktop:

There are some nice software packages available in Ubuntu including Firefox web browser, Libre Office Suite and a folder containing several other software packages:

This is all Open Source software, but make no mistake, Open Source software has come a long way over the years.

The Settings area of Ubuntu looks a lot like the Mac:

No, Ubuntu is not as sophisticated or advanced as the Windoze or Mac OS. However, it is very useable for basic tasks. Also, you can install Linux Distros on older PowerPC based Macintosh computers, a very cool idea for an “out of date machine”.


If you wanted to have a standalone install of Linux you could install it on an older Mac. Or, you could install it into Parallels which is much more convenient. Obviously, a Linux install is not for the majority of Mac users, but if you are adventurous and need to satisfy that inner Geek, then go for it.