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Installing vmware tools on Ubuntu Jeos

It's not as easy as you might think.

Firstly, the official vmware tools won't install on kernel versions 2.6.24. Fortunately you can get some simple source patches from

Once you've got the modules installed, if you're beady eyed (or analy retentive) you will notice that the network interface is still using the legacy pcnet32 emulation. You see the vmware tools has tried to create a /etc/modules.conf file to configure the hardware, but Ubuntu shed that file a long time ago in favour of modules.d.

You have two simple solutions from what I can see - either edit your .vmx file (the config file on your host machine) by adding the following line:

ethernet0.virtualDev = "vmxnet" 

Or else you can force the kernel to never load the pcnet32 module:

echo "blacklist pcnet32" >> /etc/modules.d/blacklist
modprobe -r pcnet32
update-initramfs -u

Easiest thing to do after that is reboot. You might notice your interface gets loaded as eth1 instead of eth0 (and thus not be configured). This is because vmware may have assigned your new interface a new mac address. Simply delete the ethernet interface lines from /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules and then:

/etc/init.d/udev restart

Again a restart at this point is simplest.

07:31 AM, 26 May 2008 by Mark Aufflick Permalink | Comments (4)

Start from the Heart

I have mentioned my friend Lars plenty of times before. Regular readers will know that he is not only the best software developer I have ever known, but a great thinker and all round good guy.

Well now he has re-invented himself, and is hoping to help you do the same.

Find what you love and everything else will fall into place
Lars has been coaching people for a little while now, and Start from the Heart is a place where he is going to share some of his knowledge and help you to be a better, well, you!

I really encourage you to check out his first online exercise, Heroes.

... we notice the things [in our heroes] that we ourselves are ...

08:43 AM, 09 May 2008 by Mark Aufflick Permalink | Comments (0)


My good friends Mike and Julie recently opened a clothing store that exclusively stocks ethical/environmentally sound fashion.

Anyway, this week they launched their online wardrobe / store, with a little help from Giles of This Is Yours™ design and PumpTheory software development.

Anyway, it's pretty cool. You should check it out.

06:04 AM, 09 May 2008 by Mark Aufflick Permalink | Comments (0)


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