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Cannot add software or update OS when running unbuntu in vm player

I downloaded the vm player and unbuntu 8.10 from http://chrysaor.info last night.

The vm started up with no problem, I can get online with no issue.

I found in the forums where unity running on a windows host and linux guest doesn't work well (mine's greyed out)

But when I use add/remove program to try to add boinc or anything else, it acts like its working. Prompts for the root password. But then does nothing.

I thought I should be able to update the OS and install packages even when I'm using the player?


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