Sunday, February 25, 2007

Installing Feisty in VMware

The main goal of installing VMware of course is installing Feisty in VMware. Installing other operating systems in VMware doesn't differ from the method described below, so go ahead and try! There's also help available here.

1. Getting the ISO

We need the Feisty iso image first, so download it from here (by the time of writing it's "Herd 4", I installed "Herd 3").

2. Creating an new virtual machine

Now it's time to create a new virtual machine (vm). Start VMware server console ("Applications -> System Tools -> VMware Server Console") and click "Create new virtual machine". Select "Custom", "Version -> Ubuntu". You may then choose a name for you new vm. Then, leave the defaults except:

  • Memory: 512MB (depending on your system's physical RAM...)

  • Network Connection: "NAT"

  • VirtualDisk type: "IDE"

After clicking "Finish" the new virtual disk will be created, this may take some time depending on the selected size (8GB should be OK).

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Installing VMware Server on Edgy

With VMware Server being free now, there's a great tool available for testing different operating systems, which is very good if you like to have a sneak at coming versions of Ubuntu without "damaging" your main system. The installation of VMware under Ubuntu is straight forward and I never had problems with it, but here's a little HOWTO:

Friday, February 9, 2007

Edgy: recent kernel update & nvidia driver

The recent security fixes for Edgy included a kernel update to version 2.6.17-11, which left me with a non starting X server. However, I booted the old kernel and everything was fine. So I had a look at the problem.

I'm using the default Ubuntu nVidia drivers (nvidia-glx package) but the kernel update did not automatically update the linux-restricted-modules package, so the nVidia kernel module was missing for the new kernel 2.6.17-11. Installing this package manually resolved the problem and now I'm running the new kernel. I think, it should be added automatically when updating... (Kind of déjà vu from Dapper?)

Sunday, February 4, 2007

New design

After upgrading to the latest WordPress release I felt for change in my blog's layout. The upgrade itself was painless as ever following these instructions. During previous updates I chose to overwrite existing WordPress files only but this time I decided to follow the detailed instructions by deleting everything with the exception of wp-config.php and the wp-content folder. Then I uploaded the new WP files - et voilà!

After upgrading I looked around for a new design. I liked the dark.cash theme by Jeff Malek a lot (great work!) but I wanted a three column theme now. So I stumbled across the "nonzero" theme by headsetoptions. I had a few difficulties at the beginning because all posts in category number "2" (which is "Linux" here) were not showing up. I had to change a line in index.php and everything was OK then. I don't have much experience with css but I'm beginning to like it as I managed to modify the "nonzero-black" theme a bit and now it has a "slight" orange touch. ;-)
The cool thing about the "nonzero" theme is it's ability to use widgets. Installing the widget-plugin is easy: copy the widgets folder (which is included in the theme archive or you may download it here) to your .../wp-contents/plugins folder and activate the plugin. If you have a "widget ready" theme you'll see a new option in the WP admin panel under "Presentation". You may now drag and drop widgets to the sidebar(s). Take for example the heise.de rss feeds located on this blogs sidebar. Some other plugins may show up as widgets too (i.e. the FireStats plugin), so it's easier then ever to add them to the sidebar(s)!