Machines running machines!

There’s a line from C3-PO in Attack of the Clones where he sees robots making battle droids, and he says something like “machines making machines! Huh! How perverse”.

So now that I have VMWare running, here’s my version – Linux running Linux 🙂


VMWare user – eek!

OK – so now I’ve got the VMWare default username for logging in.

It’s “root”.  EEK!

Couple of minor things there – firstly, I’m not too keen on just running these things as the root user.  Secondly, not everyone knows the root password.  And thirdly, not everyone changes the root password from the default that is generated when you install Ubuntu.

Now, in Windows, any Windows user can log into the VMWare console.  In order to get that to work under Ubuntu (and I guess every flavour of Linux), you need to edit the configuration file which can be found in /etc/vmware/hostd/authorization.xml.

So, modify the file and then restart VMWare using

sudo service vmware restart

and you should now be able to log in as your different user.

Installing VMWare Server on Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit

Well, the installfest continues….

Today, I had problems getting the 64-bit version of VMWare server to install correctly.  I uninstalled it, started again, hit errors (some of my own making, some not) and then found out that it was a bug.

Since it took me a while to find out how to fix it, I’ll just give you a link to where I got the info from – it’s here.

Thankyou AcmeLabs – now I just need to find out my username and password to get into it!!

Xorg.conf fun and games

As I said earlier today, the installfest to get rid of Windows and move to an operating system is under way.

I eventually got three monitors running at the same time after much playing with xorg.conf, but ended up with one screen doing it’s own thing, and a separate desktop spanning the other screens.  Not quite what I wanted, since I want to be able to drag and drop between the screens.

In the end, I’ve given up on the idea of getting the three screens working together, and have gone for the following really basic xorg.conf file which gives me a desktop spanning two of the three screens – something I can live with!

Section "Screen"
	Identifier	"Configured Screen Device"
	Device	"Configured Video Device"
	SubSection "Display"
		Virtual	2560 1024

Section "Device"
	Identifier	"Configured Video Device"

I’m sure that there must be a way to get one big desktop across the three screens, but for now, I’ll settle for the two working properly!

Bye, bye Windows!

When Windows 7 was released, I gleefully decided that this was going to be my chance to get away from XP Professional 64-bit, since it crashed reasonably frequently (every day or so).  Not too much of a problem, since it normally happened overnight, but when you are downloading the latest version of eBusiness Suite, then it can be annoying to say the least.

So, I stumped up my £150 for Ultimate edition, and a couple of days after the release date, it duly arrived.  Nice clean install – two new 1.0TB hard drives, two new ATI graphics cards, all ready to go.  No problems with the install (which was only to be expected, since the drives were completely new and hadn’t been used before), and then I started to actually use the system.

And it crashed.

And it crashed.

And it crashed again.  At least once a day, and every night – the PC crashed.  Annoying when you aren’t using it – VERY frustrating when you have just waited 20 minutes for a virtual machine to start and it blue screens.  No help from Microsoft, no help on the net, nothing.

And so, this week, while I was at UK OUG, I decided to leave the machine running a live CD version of Ubuntu 9.10 to see how that went.  Last night, when I got home, it was still running – 5 days of uptime.

So, today it’s goodbye to Windows 7, hello Ubuntu – and the installfest continues 🙂

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