VMWare recently released Fusion 2.0 beta for the Mac, which we’re all desperately looking forward to. When you rely on stable software to earn your living, it’s not always a good idea to jump in to the latest beta releases with wild abandon. Unfortunately, the latest stable release (1.1.3) has some known problems with the latest releases of several Linux distros built on newer kernels that came out after the Fusion release. And guest OSes with no VMWare tools are not fun to use.
I’ve played around with Linux a little on other’s machines, but I’ve never installed it myself or really tried to use it on a day-to-day basis. So, ready to take the plunge, I decided to install it in a virtual environment so that I could easily switch between it and all of my Windows-based tools and applications that I use for my editing duties. Keep in mind that I’m an editor (translation: English major), not a tech person, and will claim only a reasonable amount of tech savviness as a user.
QEMU is a generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer. When used as a machine emulator, QEMU can run OSes and programs made for one machine (e.g. an ARM board) on a different machine (e.g. your own PC). By using dynamic translation, it achieves very good performances.
If you want to Mount NTFS VMware Virtual Disk Image (vmdk) read/write follow this procedure. Vmware server comes with a little utility to mount the VMware virtual file systems called vmware-mount.pl. This utility works pretty well but mounts all NTFS partitions as Read Only!
This howto outlines the process by which one can set up the Subversion version control system, and have it work in tandem with Trac, the project manager for software development projects, on a server running Ubuntu (or possibly Debian). It is brought to you by Openject Consulting.
A friend had an interesting problem for me to solve; he wanted to know how to turn off his laptop’s monitor without shutting down the system or waiting for it to go off. He wanted to leave it working during the night on the desk in his room, without the light from the LCD bothering him while he slept.
A new release of Ubuntu has just come out, so let's put it through the paces in Virtual PC 2007! First of all, the old install problems (chronicled here) still exist. The Ubuntu installer boots up into 24-bit color, which is not supported by Virtual PC. If you start with the Start Ubuntu in safe graphics mode option, you will be able to see the installer screen just fine (with some ginormous icons), but unfortunately, the mouse is not recognized at all. I really had hoped this would be fixed!