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UPDATE for 7.10: Same issue on 7.10; same workaround applies. See Ubuntu 7.10 and No Mouse on Virtual PC, or just follow the below directions.
UPDATE: 5/29/2007 a workaround from https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-source-2.6.20/+bug/87262 points to https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=223606 which both say to include the kernel parameter i8042.noloop on the boot. This can be done manually each time on the liveCD (Press “f6” for additional options at the boot screen, and hand type it in on that text line) or if you install it, you can manually add this to the boot config file. On my tests with VirtualPC, this allowed the mouse to work as expected!
http://grumpymole.blogspot.com/2007/05/ubuntu-how-to-edit-grub-boot-parameters.html tells how to edit the boot config file.
I’ve been playing with some Linuxes off and on, and you may recall my post PCLinuxOS: Finally a usable Linux… where I told how impressed I am and continue to be with PCLinuxOS.
I’ve now had a chance to play with Mepis which has some really nice touches, but doesn’t look enough like Windows for a smooth transition, and also the lastest version of Ubuntu, 7.04, which looks just like the old one.
But I couldn’t spend too much time with Ubuntu. Why? Because of a bug which affects some users using PS/2 mice… and VirtualPC. Yes, I still use VirtualPC, not VMWare, because I already have images set up and its a pain to switch over (doable, but a pain). I also don’t want to have yet another set of virtual drivers, so I haven’t put in VirtualBox, though it also gets good reviews.
But the issue is that Ubuntu 7.04 does not recognize the mouse or keyboard in VirtualPC as of this posting; you just can’t type anything or use the mouse in the virtual machine (aka, its a “headless box”). This means that its unusable. And so we are stuck for a while.
Why? The beauty of “open sores”, sorry, Open Source. Whenever there’s a bug, it has to compete with people’s time and interest to get it fixed. An issue affecting a Microsoft app running Linux under a Microsoft OS, not surprisingly, is getting little attention from Linux programmers.
I’m not alone in this need; lots of “dabblers” are frustrated that their VirtualPC Ubuntu install is now trashed, and some people on older hardware are also screwed. And we’ve filed bugs about the hardware issue and specifically on VirtualPC:
And yes, its a kernel problem, which means it affects Red Hat and others. (Note: the issues appears not to affect Qemu/VirtualBox or VMWare or Parallels or other virtual solutions; its just the way that the kernel checks for certain hardware which wasn’t tested on a) enough motherboards and b) in VirtualPC. If you don’t have the specific motherboards or chipsets at issue, or you use another virtualization solution, Ubuntu 7.04 (or Fedora or others) may be fine for you.)
But at the end of the day, bugs which mostly impact MS users just tend to fall to the bottom of the stack. There is no “priority assignment”, process to lobby for bug, nothing to let us know that anyone will fix or how we can draw attention to it; it just sits there, disabling the MS users who want to try out Ubuntu. This, by the way, from the people who complain that they can’t get MS people to switch from Windows to Linux.
With this kind of treatment, I wonder why?
So, feel free to jump on these bugs if you are experiencing these problems; perhaps if enough people post on the forums and comment on these bugs, we can get a fix out which will make it possible to start introducing people to Ubuntu safely via VirtualPC.
Otherwise, Bug #1 in the Ubuntu list, Bug #1, first reported on 2004-08-20 by Mark Shuttleworth: Microsoft has a majority market share will continue to stay on the top.
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