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Friday Oct 06, 2006

Yay - VMware Workstation 5.5.2 now includes VMware Tools for Solaris 10!

I spend a lot of time in VMware - it goes with the job - one VM running Federation Manager on Windows Server 2003 R2, another running OpenSSO on Solaris 10, with Firefox on my Ubuntu host machine testing SAML 2.0 single sign-on between them.

For some time now (as blogged here), I've been using the excellent, but unofficial, VMware Tools for Solaris 10, by Juergen Winkelmann to synchronise the host and VM clocks and to let me switch between the host desktop and the VM window without needing to hit Ctrl-Alt all the time. This distro leveraged lxrun to run the VMware Tools for Linux on Solaris 10. It worked pretty well, but was somewhat limited - the mouse motion was pretty jumpy at the edge of the VM window and there was no support for shared folders (vmhgfs), the high speed network adapter (vmxnet) or memory management (vmmemctl).

I recently upgraded my VMware Workstation to 5.5.2 and what do I find, but an official VMware Tools for Solaris 10!!! Just select VM/Install VMware Tools (you might need to type 'eject' in a terminal at this point if you already have a cdrom image loaded), and VMware will mount a cdrom image with the tools package. Run vmware-install.pl - I just hit 'enter' for all the prompts, I think. Follow the onscreen instructions to switch from the default pcn0 network adapter to the shiny new vmxnet0 one, reboot and off you go!

The mouse motion is now perfect, networking is, apparently, faster, and you don't have to have the tools dialog up all the time. Nice one, VMware and thanks, Juergen, for filling the gap!

Monday May 22, 2006

I see your Breezy Badger and raise you a Dapper Drake

Inspired by Mark Shuttleworth on stage last week at JavaOne, and Eric's recent blog entry (partly) on installing Ubuntu, I spent a few hours last weekend installing Dapper Drake, the latest, greatest (currently beta) Ubuntu release.

There are more tips and tricks on installing Ubuntu on the Ubuntu Wiki than I could ever hope to cover here, so I'll just give my first impressions...

  • Installing from the Live CD - pretty painless. It's at this point that I start to Google for Ubuntu's lack of a root password. Cool - pretty much matches the way I work - never login as root, but keep root capability at arm's length via sudo.
  • Login and... what's this? An icon in the menu bar up top advising me of updated packages. 370-odd updated packages. OK - I'll grab those. After all, it's the weekend... Plenty of other stuff I can do for a while.
  • Now we have an up-to-date system. Time to install a few apps. Firefox and GAIM are already there, so I just copy in .firefox and .gaim from my backed up Suse home directory. So far so good - I see all my bookmarks and log into all my IM accounts.
  • I prefer Thunderbird to Ubuntu's default Evolution, so I use Applications - Add/Remove to grab it. Cool - it just works. Copy over .thunderbird and... I can't see my accounts or email folders. Hmmm. ls -latr. Oh - .mozilla-thunderbird. OK - I can live with that, a quick mv and I can see my email.
  • Ooh - NetworkManager - grab that, for definite. And... it just works. Cool! No VPN support in the Ubunutu version, though. Building NetworkManager from CVS could be pretty hairy - I know that Ubuntu tweaks the standard build. I'll live with vpnc for now.
  • I love Synergy - the open source keyboard/mouse switcher. At the time I installed Dapper, the Synaptic Package Manager was listing some 1.2.x version, rather than the current 1.3.1, so I build Synergy from source. A quick Google, apt-get install build-essential and a few other bits and pieces and I'm away - sharing my mouse and keyboard between my home system and my laptop. I just checked, and Synaptic is reporting 1.3.1, Let's make uninstall and grab the official one... Done.
  • Skype - grab the .deb from the Linux download page, copy in .Skype and we're done.
  • UPDATE: For VMware, Google tells me I need the correct headers for my kernel... sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r` then sudo ./vmware-install.pl. I found the IP addresses I was using for vmnet1 and vmnet8 in my old (backed up) /etc/vmware/ directory. Copy over .vmware for my favourites and the license file and... it works!

More as I discover interesting stuff... See you later

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