Launch VirtualBox VM with a .desktop file
Ubuntu .desktop files are easy to create with a simple text editor
2017-11-09 by rp
VirtualBox is a great, free, virtual machine engine. However, its multiple monitor capabilities are a little prickly. Launching the VM with one monitor when the settings are set for two monitors is sometimes troublesome. The problem is easy to fix: just change the VM settings to one or two monitors. But it's annoying to have to remember to do that. This post shows how to resolve this challenge with a couple of simple Ubuntu .desktop files.
Ubuntu 17.04 connects to network but not the Internet
I'm not sure what I did to fix it, but it works now!
2017-11-12 by rp
An Ubuntu 17.04 VirtualBox VM, (running from an Ubuntu 16.04 host) suddenly stopped connecting to the Internet. The last time it was running all was well; then one day, at boot-up, it couldn't connect to the Internet. Other Ubuntu VMs internet connections worked just fine. This wasn't a problem with the host, it appeared to be isolated to the one VM.
How to install Ubuntu 17.10 on a VirtualBox VM from scratch
2018-04-02 by rp
Install Ubuntu 17.10 on a VirtualBox virtual machine from scratch