VMWare Player, Ubuntu and Mac OSX

So you want to play some other operating systems for some new features, or test your applications on other OSs? Take a try on VMWare Player. It is free.

Along with downloading and installing VMWare, you should also download OS images ( also called as Virtual Applicances). I think you should not miss Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop image (512M). I found that Ubuntu 8.04 running quite smoothly inside VMWare on my laptop with duo-core 2.2Ghz CPU and 2G memory. And I am lazy to install GIMP on my Vista, so running GIMP for some graphic manipulations may be one of Ubuntu jobs. And developing C++ or Java applications inside Ubuntu may be another job for me. And lots of other testing jobs. So owning an Ubuntu desktop is necessary.

(But I find a big inconvenience in my Ubuntu. I can input anything but having great difficulties in inputting 5 characters: “, ‘, ~, `, ^. I need to press that key and follow a space key to input these characters. I struggled hours to fix it but failed. So if you need a solution, please be kind to inform me.)

By the way, why not taking a try on Mac OSX Leopard. Download its 3.3G (expanded to 8G) Mac OSX Leopard x86 image (You should know that it is a pirate copy), following its instructions to install and patch. As using VMWare Player, you have to modify *.vmx directly to load *.iso patch into Leopard:

ide1:0.fileName = “D:\Downloads\Maxxuss-AMDPCNET-v1.0_1043.iso”
ide1:0.deviceType = “cdrom-image”

And you may also change

guestOS = “freebsd-64”


guestOS = “freebsd”

So no 64-bit CPU warning in starting this x86 Mac copy.

Well, I feel little excitement to Leopard as it is too slow. So maybe it is just for feature peeking or some small tests. It is not ready for daily work. Hope you have enough patience for the 2-3 days’ image download time and 12G hard disk spaces wasting.

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2 Responses to VMWare Player, Ubuntu and Mac OSX

  1. Hendy Irawan says:

    Hi Zhou!

    I’m using Ubuntu exclusively for 2+ years now, let me know if you need any help with Ubuntu.

    As I’ve been to China once (in 2000), I recognize that Chinese has a very different keyboard layout that is much more sophisticated than English. Unfortunately I can’t help you with that, as my Chinese skills are non-existent. hehehe

    If you need to report improvements, or bug reports, request features, etc. to Ubuntu you can do so at:
    http://launchpad.net/ (for bug reports)
    http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/ (for feature requests)

    To report bugs in Ubuntu after signing up in Launchpad, use the apport / ubuntu-bug system instead of filing new bugs in Launchpad directly:

    $ man ubuntu-bug

    Let me give snippet:

    ubuntu-bug – file a bug against an Ubuntu package

    ubuntu-bug packagename

    ubuntu-bug /path/to/program

    ubuntu-bug PID

    ubuntu-bug /var/crash/_my_program.crash

    ubuntu-bug is a command-line interface for filing bugs in Ubuntu.

    To report a bug against a particular binary package, supply it as an argument:

    ubuntu-bug firefox

    You can also supply a path to a program instead of a package name for the same result:

    ubuntu-bug /usr/bin/gnome-screensaver

  2. Zhou Renjian says:

    Thanks for the comment.
    BTW: I am using standard English keyboard.