Screen resolution fix for Ubuntu 10.10 running in Parallels Desktop 6.0

Linux, Parallels Desktop, Tricks, Tutorial, Ubuntu
If you try to install Ubuntu 10.10 under parallels desktop 6.0 on OSX -- atleast as of the writing of this article -- you'll soon discover that although your entire installation is done in a high (eg: 1920x1080) resolution, as soon as the install is done and you reboot, your VM is stuck at 1024x768. You can install the parallel tools using the menu option and it still won't help -- although it helps with 3D (ie: compiz). Under Gnomes System/Preferences/Monitors the highest resolution available is 1024x768 :-(. After searching around the net for the past week or so and trying just about every remedy -- which did not work -- I was about to give up, then I found the magic command that "makes it go" :-). I've now…
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JumpBox: Super simple way of getting web services deployed.

Linux, Opensource, OSX, Parallels Desktop, Virtual Hosts, VMware, Windows
If you read our "Open Source Lovin' for your Server" earlier this year and thought "that's too much trouble", here is an even easier way to sample preconfigured Open Source Application Servers at your own leasure. Be it for developement, fun, backup or even production, you can not beat JumpBox at simplicity. What they've done is basically created a virtual machine running linux with all the preconfigurations done for you. What this means is that I can -- just by downloading a ~160MB file -- run a full blown, preconfigured Wordpress site in 2-3 minutes -- of which 1-2 minutes are used up by parallels to boot the JumpBox virtual machine. You can even jump over to their blog and check out how you can setup your JumpBox to run…
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Beauty and the Beast….

OSX, Parallels Desktop, Windows
Before I start this segment I just want to mention that you will need Parallel's Desktop for Mac for this to work. A new feature in parallels which I just discovered is it's ability to fuse the two OS'es (OSX and WinXP) together so that you can tell applications in one OS (ie: windows) to open files in the other (ie:OSX).For example let's say you have a "Beauty and the Beast" setup on your laptop and you have parallels installed. Someone sends you an excel spreadsheet via email (assume you read your email on OSX). Further, assume you have installed office 2007 on your WinXP partition. Well now with Parallel's Smart Select feature, you can save the file onto your desktop, right click on it and go to "open with"…
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