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Ubuntu Preseed, VirtualBox and Hetzner EQ4 Virtual Machines

In February 2011, Hetzner.de added a funky bit of functionality to their hosting panel which made me rejoice - the ability to create a virtual MAC address for your extra IP addresses! As Hetzner are very restrictive in which NICs can use which IP addresses based on their MAC address, getting a Virtual Machine online in Bridged Mode was very hard, if not impossible.

This is a guide that will teach you not only how to create your own preseeded Ubuntu installation ISOs, but also how to get your Virtual Machines online with Hetzners EQ root server range.


Installing TortoiseHG 2.0 under Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick)

On the 1st of March 2011 version 2.0 of TortoiseHG was released - and the people rejoiced. 2.0 features a much-refined interface allowing the user to perform most of the common tasks from a single dialog, instead of having to switch between a swathe of different dialogs. Unfortunately this new version is not available as a package under the Ubuntu repositories yet, but in this post you will find out how to install TortoiseHG 2.0 under Ubuntu 10.10.