Installing VMware Server on Edgy

2007-02-10 20:10:00 +0100

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:

 

Edgy: recent kernel update & nvidia driver

2007-02-09 23:46:00 +0100

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?)

 

New design

2007-02-04 12:19:00 +0100

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!

 

Jabber IM

2007-01-25 16:56:00 +0100

There are a lot of instant messengers out there but most of them are sponsored by big companies like Microsoft (MSN/Live Messenger), AOL (AIM, ICQ) or Yahoo (Yahoo Messenger). There’s nothing wrong with that if you don’t mind some advertising… As I’m a fan of OpenSource software I’d like to mention Jabber (protocol is called XMPP) here. The server as well as the client software is open source and as far as I know the only limitation compared to other proprietary messenger protocols is the missing support of video chats. GMX and web.de released there own messengers based on XMPP, which means you can use any Jabber client to contact their chat network.

 

Exaile! media player

2007-01-22 22:33:00 +0100

A few weeks ago I stumbled over Exaile!, an excellent media player for Linux which aims to be the GTK pendant to KDE’s Amarok and it fit’s great into Ubuntu’s default Gnome desktop. If you have Edgy 32bit installed just grab the deb package. Compiling for Edgy 64bit is very easy and quick, so don’t hesitate to download the sources. Either way you need to make sure to have some packages pre-installed: