The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn - Page 5

7 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: http://www.howtoforge.com/vmware_converter_windows_linux) run under your Ubuntu 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.

VMware Server is available as an Ubuntu package in the feisty-commercial repository, but before we install it, we need to get an VMware Server serial number from http://register.vmware.com/content/registration.html. Fill in your personal details:

Afterwards you will get a page with a serial number for VMware Server. Write it down or print it out:

Now open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal):

We must modify /etc/apt/sources.list and add the feisty-commercial repository to it, therefore we open /etc/apt/sources.list in a text editor:

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

We add the following line at the end of the file and save it:

[...]
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu feisty-commercial main

Then we update our packages database:

sudo apt-get update

and install VMware Server like this:

sudo apt-get install vmware-server

During the installation, you have to read through the VMware license agreement:

Then accept the VMware Server license:

Finally, type in your VMware Server serial number:

You will now find VMware Server under Applications > System Tools:

When you start it, select Local host:

Afterwards, you can create virtual machines (or import your virtual Windows machine that you created with VMware Converter):

 

8 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far by browsing the menus again:

(If you don't find some applications anywhere in the menu although you know you've just installed them, log out and in again to the desktop. Afterwards they should be listed.)

Our inventory should now look like this:

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

Internet:
[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[ ] Flash Player
[x] gFTP
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Bittorrent
[x] Azureus
[x] Gaim
[ ] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

Office:
[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[ ] 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
[ ] Real Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] GnomeBaker
[x] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs

Programming:
[ ] Nvu
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

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

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From: at: 2007-05-09 10:00:05

As a suggestion, I'm extremely happy with Virtualbox from Innotek. Especially it's snapshot feature is wonderful.

And to boot, it's free, and no registration needed!

http://www.virtualbox.org/

From: at: 2007-09-24 00:15:07

In fact, that's exactly the one I run Windows XP under. (Frightening thing is that XP on Linux with half the available memory runs FASTER than Vista did on this box when it was the only thing running. 512M for XP runs faster virtually than 1G for Vista natively?!? I took the virus known as Vista off immediately.)

From: at: 2007-09-12 19:04:47

I'm not sure about the rest of you web developers out there, but a bad FTP client costs me tons of time. I've always used FileZilla under Windows and it has served me almost flawlessly, but when switching to Ubuntu, gFTP was all I could find. Needless to say, gFTP is completely unsatisfactory -- no offense to those working on it -- but I simply cannot get anything done with it's clumsy interface and many bugs (you can't even drag and drop!).

Luckily, as of 9-8-07, FileZilla 3.0.0 has been released and a Linux version is available. It seems to work perfectly! Drag and drop, split folder/file view, site manager (it even imported my sites from the Windows version of FileZilla 2), and more. I am impressed and ever so thankful! Back to work!

You can get a copy here http://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type=client

Happy FTing,
Larry
lazd.net web development