Thursday Oct 25, 2007

Installing SXDE on VMware Fusion 1.1 Beta

I recently installed Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE) on my Mac using VMware Fusion 1.1 Beta. It's not as straight forward as it could be so here are the details. Based on the SXDE instructions, I had to modify the default configuration for Solaris 10 to create a VM with 768MB of memory and 20GB of disk. I also had to add the line below to the ".vmx" file to get Solaris to run in 32-bit mode. See this link for details.

monitor_control.disable_longmode = 1

Installing the VMware tools enables features such as integrated mouse movement and cut and paste and its installation is documented in the VMware manual. Hopefully, the final release of Fusion will have these problems fixed. I've also installed SXDE on the latest version of Parallels 3.0 and am in the process of comparing the two of them.

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