Installing vmware tools on Fedora 17

The process is not straight forward.  Here is my attempt at a writeup of installing vmware tools on Fedora 17 with VMWare fusion 5.

  1. First make sure your Fedora vm has been shutdown and not suspended.
  2. You need to set the linux.iso file as the mounted image before starting fedora.
  3. To do this, Go to vmware tools machine library and select your fedora 17 image.
  4. Click Settings
  5. Click CD/DVD (IDE)
  6. You will see a dropdown, here you need to select Choose a disk or image.
  7. If you did a default install on Mac of VMWare fusion then you are going to select the iso image under this path. /Applications/VMware Fusion/Contents/Library/isoimages/linux.iso
  8. if you are not familiar with selecting application files you might want to navigate to that path directly and copy the iso image do your desktop or something and select it form there.  The default functionality of mac is to not let you navigate into application files from finder.
  9. After selecting the image, start your fedora vm.
  10. Once your image has started, open a terminal window and install perl.
  11. sudo yum install perl
  12. After that has completed you will need to extract the contents of the image to your desktop or some other location.
  13. Click Activities in the top left, then click the removable devices icon on bottom right, clicking the VMware tools device.  This will open a folder.  Right click and extract this to some path you can get to from a terminal window.
  14. You should now have a folder called vmware-tools-distrib
  15. navigate to that folder using a terminal window
  16. execute sudo ./
  17. Choose all defaults and you should be all set.
  18. You might need to logout and log back in for the settings to take effect.

Hope this helps those of you that found the condescending and RTFM guides a bit undesirable.

Ubuntu on pen drive, WoW!


Today I wanted to see just how easy it was to get ubuntu installed and running from a usb flash drive using instructions found over at pen drive linux. It was not only easy, it seemed too good to be true!

All I had to do was follow their few simple instructions, which was essentially to download their installer file and the ubuntu 8.10 iso and I was done. The only problem I ran into was that I didn’t have admin rights on the machine I was working on so I had to perform the final step at home, which was to make the usb drive bootable. For some reason without local admin access you can’t perform this action.

After restarting the machine I had to make sure that I selected my computers boot menu at the post screen and select the usb device to boot from. After that I was up and running on ubuntu in just a few minutes.

Boot time was rather slow, but I guess that is to be expected on a slow 8 gig flash drive I got from radio shack. Ive got an 8 gig cruzar flash drive, I have no idea on the stats but seems pretty slow.

The only other downfall was that the default casper-rw file is only 1 gig and its defiantly not enough space to run the ubuntu updates. The updates took quite a while to run, which was probably because it was over 140 days out of date. A lot of stuff happens to FLOSS in that time period.

I would definatly recomend this to anyone who has been curious about linux operating systems but doesnt want to reformat their whole system just to play with the OS. Happy nixing!