Posts Tagged ‘Edgy’

Install VMware Server on Ubuntu Edgy

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

The installation of VMware server on Ubuntu Edgy is just like it was on Dapper, save for a potential little tweak to get things running. If you don’t know what VMware is and how it can help you, read on and then start Googling! VMware lets you create virtual machines (basically your setting up an operating system in a series of files instead of on physical hardware). You can create multiple VMs and use them to test out other Linux distros without having to take chances with your running operating system. I LOVE this technology, if you want to give it shot follow the steps below.

Download the VMware Server for Linux TAR Binary installer from While your there you should also register to receive your serial number (it is required to complete the install of VMware Server).

I’m assuming that you have some type of firewall running, either a NAT router or software firewall. VMware server will be running as an Internet server on your machine. If you aren’t wearing a digital prophylactic get something on before performing this install.

Open a terminal and install some required packages:

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r) xinetd

Now change to the directory you downloaded the installer to:

tar -xzvf VMware-server-1.0.1-29996.tar.gz

cd vmware-server-distrib/

Note: In the next step you should feel free to accept all of the default answers. The only thing I ever change is one of the final questions, I keep my virtual machine files in my home dir instead of the default dir under /var.

Note 2: There may be an error creating the menu item for the program (don’t panic), you’re told that you’ll have to create it manually. I found that the VMware entry IS created normally under “System Tools” . If that’s not the case for you, you’ll just need to right click the Applications menu, choose Edit menus, and create a new entry pointing to vmware

sudo ./

After all of that, VMware should now be installed and working properly. You can navigate to the menu item created or type vmware into a terminal window to start the program and create a new virtual machine. 🙂

I’ve installed both VMware server and VMware Workstation on 3 different fresh installs of Edgy and I’ve had no problems creating and running virtual machines. There have been some reports that there is a library conflict in Edgy. If you find that you can’t run VMware on your machine, check out the links below for a work around.

Ubuntu Edgy Eft, First Impressions

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

Hey hey,

As it turns out, the problems I had installing the latest Ubuntu were caused by my DVD/CD burner. I couldn’t get a “good burn” until I used a different machine with a different burner. Funny enough, I don’t have problems when burning DVDs, it only seems to be an issue when burning CDRs. Once I overcame that particular hurdle I was able to install Edgy an give it a shot.

Moving on, Ubuntu 6.10, the Edgy Eft!

Boot times have REALLY improved. Changing from INIT to Upstart seems to have made a real difference. I’ll be honest, I have no idea what the differences are, I can only tell you that I’ve stripped out all of the services I don’t need on my dapper install and the Edgy boot time (unmodified) smokes Dapper.

They’ve FINALLY come up with a really nice looking boot splash. Nice work! It looks professional and sleek. The Human theme has gone through some changes, its a bit lighter and easier on the eyes. I still had to change it to something blue and more my style. I do like the Human theme, I just always find myself going to something blue or black/gray.

Installing Compiz is a simple process, technically I didn’t install compiz, I installed the Beryl fork using the guide available on the Ubuntu forums. Beryl is far cooler than the stock compiz in Fedora. I’m so new to these enhanced desktop effects that I can’t really go into the details of it. Once I get some experience with them I’ll give my impressions.

Edgy includes the latest and greatest Gnome, Firefox, Gaim, OpenOffice and other apps. If you want the newest, you’ll find it all here. I’m a huge fan of having the latest of everything, of course that can cause some instability. I haven’t been using Edgy long enough to say if there are any problems. If I find any, I’ll post about them here.

If its possible for you, I would suggest installing Edgy fresh. I haven’t attempted a Dapper upgrade, but I have seen a lot of people seeking help regarding issues with INIT/Upstart in the Ubuntu IRC channels. It makes sense to me, Edgy is such a different beast.. Upgrading could be a dangerous undertaking.

All in all, I’m really liking Edgy. IMO, for a new user it’s still above Fedora. I’ll still be using Fedora at work (I’m looking forward to getting in early Monday morning to get it installed) but at home I’m all Ubuntu 🙂

Next project, getting the laptop up to Edgy and exploring the improved Gnome power management.

Edgy RC and My Hardware. No Joy.

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Well this has been a tough day. I’m on vacation and decided that it’d be fun to install Edgy to another partition on my machine. The Ubuntu team announced the release candidate yesterday and I REALLY want to see how the changes to startup impact boot times and to play with some AIGLX eye candy.

Sadly I can’t get it to install on my Intel D945GTP mATX board. I found that the installer would hang in different places or report corrupt files during install. I doubt that there are corrupt files, I always test the MD5 sums when I download an ISO (because whenever I skip that step I regret it). After the MD5 passed, I started the system with the CD and ran the CD test from the menu. No problems there either. I figured I’d do some updating, I grabbed the latest BIOS for the board and applied the image, I updated the firmware on the DVD ROM (LiteOn SHW-160P6S). That was a chore as LiteOn hasn’t realized that there are other operating systems besides windows (oh and LiteOn, you should ZIP your files, not RAR them!). So far nothing has worked, I still get random hangs during install with the only visible activity on the system being a rapidly flashing CDROM access light.

I tend to use the alternate installs as I have a single partition I use for booting and don’t install GRUB to the Master Boot Record. I’ve burned that CD twice and have inconsistent problems with both.

I hope this is a problem with the installer and not my hardware.

Oh and be careful when buying the latest and greatest hardware, I’m setting up a machine for a pal of mine, Core 2 Duo on an Intel DG965WH motherboard. On that system I can’t get Ubuntu (I tried both Dapper and Edgy) or Fedora to install. For some reason once the system boots from the CDROM, it can’t locate drivers for the CDROM to continue the install (huh??? I just stare and shake my head). It just asks for a driver floppy. No gots, none of my new machines even have a floppy drive (the same is true for this build)

Boo. This HAS NOT been a fun day. I may try the desktop install later and maybe play with some of the boot parameters on the alternate install. I may try and install Edgy on my notebook later on. I may actually just wait until the final release and HOPE that I can install it. Hope you’re having better luck.

More Man Page Goodness

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

In my last post I covered reading man pages via the console. Depending on your distro, you may find that man pages are available via your desktop’s GUI help center.

Ubuntu does this very well, while Fedora had some wonkiness.

Ubuntu/Gnome users can select System > Help > System Documentation. The Help Topics page contains a few categories dedicated to Ubuntu specific documentation, scrolling down will show Other Document Categories. Here you will want to click the Command Line Help link. You will be shown two more categories; GNU Info Pages and Manual Pages. Info pages tend to be more in depth where man pages give you the basics and then leave you to experiment. Once you select one of these categories, you’ll find yet another collection of categories, you can select one of them or simply enter the command you’re interested in learning about into the search field. Entering shutdown will give you the man page for the shutdown command.

Note: When I first entered the help center and attempted to search for some common commands, the results didn’t include any man pages. Once I browsed through some of the available man pages, the search results began including manuals. YMMV.

Fedora works much the same way, within Gnome you select System > Help. You’ll have fewer categories, but the command line help is there. I’ve found that browsing the command line help works perfectly, however I usually prefer to just search for what I want. Here is where Fedora has some issues. Entering shutdown into the search field results in the help center displaying a link to the man page, clicking on that link gives nothing more than an error about an invalid uniform resource identifier. My Google-fu might be lacking today, I just can’t locate any fixes for it.

If you’d rather not read your man pages via the terminal, this is the graphical way to get it done.