Ubuntu Core Fedora 21 Workstation

Ubuntu Core is a containerized edition of Ubuntu for Cloud deployments. A beta release was announced yesterday. (See Ubuntu Core to bring Snappy and transactional updates to the Cloud).

Though there’s a similar effort from Fedora/Red Hat called Project Atomic, nothing stops you from playing with Ubuntu Core on any release of Fedora, including the most recent – Fedora 21.

In this short article, I’ll show how to run Ubuntu Core beta on Fedora 21 Workstation. Though the KDE edition was used for this article, the same steps can be used for any other Spin of Fedora 21 or even the main edition, which uses the GNOME 3 desktop environment.

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To run Ubuntu Core on any desktop or laptop computer, it must meet the requirements outlined in Can your computer run Ubuntu Core?. Part of that means having the qemu-kvm package installed. To install it on any Fedora 21 desktop, type yum install qemu-kvm.

After that has been installed, follow the direction in the code block below to download and launch Ubuntu Core beta.

# Download Ubuntu Core

wget http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-core/preview/ubuntu-core-alpha-01.img

# From the same folder you downloaded Ubuntu Core into, type

qemu-kvm -m 512 -redir :8090::80 -redir :8022::22 ubuntu-core-alpha-01.img

That should launch a Qemu window like the one shown in Figure 1. The login username is ubuntu and the password is also ubuntu.

Ubuntu Core virtual machine
Figure 1: Login console of a Qemu virtual machine running Ubuntu Core beta.

Hmm… So it looks like Ubuntu Core beta is based on the code base of what will become Ubuntu 15.04. Is it going to be the first Ubuntu release to use SystemD? The answer is in Ubuntu Core.

Ubuntu Core Fedora 21 Workstation
Figure 2: Ubuntu Core running on Fedora 21 Workstation.

All of snappy‘s commands. Have fun snappy-ing.

Ubuntu Core snappy
Figure 3: Snappy commands of Ubuntu Core.

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29 Responses

  1. Hi I followed your steps was trying it on fedora 20 the problem is i’ve reached upto installing grub2 in the boot partition but I can’t boot into windows as you specificed that there is no boot record so how should I boot into windows?

    1. With Fedora 20, I think thinks are a bit easier. After installation, there should be an entry for the Windows boot manager in the GRUB menu, whether you partitioned the Fedora end manually or used the automatic partitioning option.

      Can you at least boot into Fedora?

  2. Hi,

    I’ve followed the process. At the end after rebooting it is still booting in to Fedora not windows so I cant proceeed further.

    Pl reply wit help

  3. The new anaconda is certainly no improvement; technically yes but setting ip a Win8 dual boot was breathtaking…
    Not that I like Win8 but it was’t my laptop you see. Thanks for the help provided here!

  4. When i was installing fedora 18, at the last of the installation phase it shows the error “boot loader installation failed.”
    this is my Acer Aspire V3-571 free dos laptop running windows 8 in one partition.
    I googled and found to disable the “secure boot” in UEFI..but in my pc i could’t find UEFI setting like that in advance options.
    kindly help me to solve this problem

    1. I think it is required that users should be able to disable UEFI on a Windows 8 machine. If you are not able to, you might want to call Acer’s tech support and complain. If they intentionally left out that option, returning the unit to them and telling them why will send the right message.

  5. This very good article 🙂 .
    Maybe in next time I hope can read Article “How to Dual-boot Fedora 18 (RAID 0)& WIndows 7/8 (RAID 0).

      1. I install dual boot windows 8 pro with fedora 18 and my hard drive is GPT type. after Fedora 18 installation process restart my computer later emerged grub 2 fedora 18 and fedora 18 straight into no option to boot into Windows 8 and How did the solution in grub 2 is not no option to boot into Windows 8

  6. Hey do u think its possible to do the same except with ubuntu 11.10 or the newest one? If so u think u can help us with a tutorial on how to do it? thanks man your site is awesome.

        1. I tried to install Fedora 18 but i have a problem when i reboot, i get directly into the UEFI without being able to do anything else and I have nothing in the “Boot Options Priorities”. Reseting settings doesn’t help and my usb key with W8 recovery either, I’m a little desperate do you have an idea to fix it ? thx

  7. Shrinking is supposed to be possible from the ‘reclaim space’ screen, but we had to take it out of f18 late in the cycle due to a bug. it will be back in f19. As you wrote, in f18 you need to go through custom partitioning to shrink.

    you do actually have a choice with the bootloader; you can choose not to install one at all. may be slightly better for your purposes, or not. That’s on the ‘full disk summary and options’ screen.

  8. Thx a lot for that tuto but new installer is annoying i went to install it side by side with windows 7 i couldn’t complete installation i already make free space for fedora 18 but i didn’t know how to use it ? any help ?

        1. I just wish people will stop apologizing for their English.

          Anyway, so there are 3 partitions – C, D, and free space (unallocated). Since D and the free space are the possible candidates for installing F18, which one do you want to do?

          By the way, where is your system partition?

          1. system partition in “C” and i want to install F18 in free space, if i do it like this tuto is the result will be the same (with windows 7) ?

          2. hello again i completed installation and i did all the steps only problem is when windows boot loader come and i choose fedora it load to me some terminal ” Grub> ” and i didn’t know what i type to enter to fedora ?

          3. Oh shit i feel so stupid right now lol, i fix everything the problem is i used an older version of EasyBCD ( 2.1 not 2.2) so in step when i select GRUB 2 from the Type dropdown menu the “automatically locate and load” wasn’t available in version 2.1 so shit happened when i upgrade my easyBCD i choose partition where grub2 installed and everything work just fine thx a lot for this tuto it really helped me and sorry for the annoying lol .

  9. thank you…the new installer is such a down grade from the old one..but now i understand it better..thanks again !

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