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10 VMware Server

With VMware Server you can let your old Windows desktop (that you previously converted into a VMware virtual machine with VMware Converter, as described in this tutorial: run under your gOS desktop. This can be useful if you depend on some applications that exist for Windows only, or if you want to switch to Linux slowly.

To download VMware Server, go to and click on Download Now:

On the next page, log in with your existing VMware account or create a new one:

Follow the on-screen instructions. At the end, you should receive an email with a link to your download page. On the download page, you should see two license numbers, one for Windows and one for Linux. Write down or save the one for Linux and scroll down.

Then download the VMware Server for Linux TAR image (not the RPM image!) to your desktop (e.g. to /home/falko/Desktop):

Then open a terminal (gOS > Accessories > Terminal) and run the following command to install some necessary packages:

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r` build-essential xinetd

Then go to the location where you saved the VMware Server .tar.gz file, e.g. /home/falko/Desktop (replace falko with your own username!):

cd /home/falko/Desktop

Unpack the VMware Server .tar.gz file and run the installer:

tar xvfz VMware-server-*.tar.gz
cd vmware-server-distrib
sudo ./

The installer will ask you a lot of questions. You can always accept the default values simply by hitting <ENTER>.

When the installer asks you

In which directory do you want to keep your virtual machine files?
[/var/lib/vmware/Virtual Machines]

you can either accept the default value or specify a location that has enough free space to store your virtual machines.

At the end of the installation, you will be asked to enter a serial number:

Please enter your 20-character serial number.

Type XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX or 'Enter' to cancel:

Fill in your serial number for VMware Server.

After the successful installation, you can delete the VMware Server download file and the installation directory:

cd /home/falko/Desktop
rm -f VMware-server*
rm -fr vmware-server-distrib/

If you have accepted all default values during the installation, root is now the VMware Server login name. On gOS, root has no password by default, therefore we create a password now:

sudo passwd root

VMware Server 2 does not have a desktop application for managing virtual machines - this is now done through a browser (e.g. Firefox). You can access the management interface over HTTPS (https://<IP ADDRESS>:8333) or HTTP (http://<IP ADDRESS>:8222); the management interface can be accessed locally and also remotely. If you want to access it from the same machine, type or into the browser's address bar.

If you're using Firefox 3 and use HTTPS, Firefox will complain about the self-signed certificate, therefore you must tell Firefox to accept the certificate - to do this, click on the Or you can add an exception... link:

Click on Add Exception...:

The Add Security Exception window opens. In that window, click on the Get Certificate button first and then on the Confirm Security Exception button:

Afterwards, you will see the VMware Server login form. Type in root and the password you've just created:

This is how the VMware Server web interface looks. The structure is similar to the old VMware Server 1 desktop application, so the usage of the web interface is pretty straightforward.


11 Inventory (III)

We have now all wanted applications installed:

[x] The GIMP
[x] F-Spot
[x] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] BitTornado
[x] Azureus
[x] Pidgin
[x] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[x] Adobe Reader
[x] GnuCash
[x] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] gtkPod
[x] XMMS
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] Helix Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

[x] VMware Server
[x] TrueType fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write support for NTFS partitions


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From: loxley at: 2008-10-07 07:31:52

Consider using Virtualbox, it's open source, VMWare is not.

From: at: 2008-10-14 09:30:30

I had a bit of spare time this weekend, so i took the cd with gOS and pushed it into my HP E-pc 40. Very easy installation, nice theme colors and the bottom menu i like it.
But so little info on the internet about the new OS.

I want to recommend it to anyone new to Linux (like me ). Works out of the box, not easy to find you way.

From: Anonymous at: 2008-12-23 14:20:22

Falco might consider mentioning in his tutorial that in partitioning the disk, th choice of "Guided-Use Entire Disk" is only a good choice if you plan to totally destroy anything on the target hard drive. I can just see the 14-year-old who follows this guide and blows away his family's computer, all the data, and the OEM OS installation. That will win "Linux for beginners" a lot of fans.

From: stone at: 2009-08-11 07:39:03

I'm trying to run gOS on my 32-bit pentium IV desktop and as the system tries to book to X windows then this command appears

BusyBox v1.1.3 (Debian 1:1.1.3-5ubuntu12) Built-in shell (ash)
 Enter 'help; for a list of built-in commands.


 what should i do. What does it mean?

Any help.

From: mahjongg at: 2010-02-27 17:06:50

The appearance of busybox (she "swiss knife" for software engineers), is a sure sign that during the install a crash occurred, either because of failing hardware, or because of a serious bug (not very likely), or because the system ran out of memory (at least 512MB should work fine), or files on the install medium are missing (bad burn, or damaged .ISO file).

 Check that the CD works on another computer, if not its certain that the CD is bad.

 If your system has enough memory, try pressing F4 in the boot menu, and choose "safe boot", if that works you may have an unsupported video system.