VMware server from Ubuntu official repositories

I think its kinda hidden. You might have wondered why vmware-server kernel modules was available from the repositories but no vmware-server? The answer is: It is available!

Just like Real Player, Opera and other commercial software you can install VMware-server from the following repository, which you add to System -> Administration -> Software Sources and Third-Party Software:

deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu feisty-commercial main

After that you run:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vmware-server

A colleague pointed me a page about adding [Adding Canonical Commercial Repositories][1] in Ubuntu, which is actually referenced from the [page about Installtion VMware Server in Ubuntu][2] [1]: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Repositories/Ubuntu#head-b75a0c6c7e357640731529980d3f3ad3614b9a76 [2]: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VMware/Server

Package with Debian wallpapers updated

For those who doesn’t know… a few years back I made the site www.debianart.dk which was supposed to be the center of graphics for Debian. It never took off, mostly because I didn’t really have the time and it didn’t help that I started using Ubuntu instead. I was running Debian unstable at the time because I wanted the latest and greatest (Gnome among other things) so the jump to Ubuntu wasn’t really that big.

Now I use the debianart.dk to host my own Debian wallpapers which I’m actually quite proud of :) Even though I use Ubuntu now for my laptop and workstation, I still use my own wallpapers (mostly “apt-get install”).

Right before my interest died for debianart.dk I made a Debian package with all the four wallpapers I have made public. Once installed they would automatically be available when changing background in Gnome. A later version of Gnome changed the location of where you should register background images, and I never got it updated… until now. I got an email from a guy asking how the Debian package worked, which made me pull my head of of my ass and get the update done :)

Download Debian Wallpapers - Modern Swirl


Using vmware-server-kernel-modules in Ubuntu

In the lastest version of Ubuntu (version 7.04 - Feisty Fawn) kernel modules for VMware Server is available in the package vmware-server-kernel-modules from Ubuntus package repository. The VMware Server itself is at the moment not. You still need to install VMware Server from the tar.gz download from www.vmware.com.

I found documentation on how to make the VMware server kernel modules package work together with the VMware Server installed from tar.gz in the Ubuntu Documentation. I also found the reference to this documentation on the Ubuntu Forums.

The cool thing about this is that you don’t need to run vmware-config.pl every time you update your kernel.

If you upgraded to 7.04 from a previous version of Ubuntu you might run into a problem where you can’t get the vmware console to start. The output on the console will look something like this:

/usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware: /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libpng12.so.0/libpng12.so.0: no version information available (required by /usr/lib/libcairo.so.2)

I solved it by removing the following packages:

 sudo apt-get --purge remove libdbus-1-2 libnautilus-burn3

Don’t worry new packages have taken their spots as far as I know:


I found a thread on the VMware forums but my solution seemed easier :)

Danish translation of tsclient

When I came home from work today I read Planet Gnome, I usually visit Planet Gnome several times a day so nothing new in that. But this time I found the post “tsclient 0.150 - call for translators” post by Jonh Wendell.

I thought why not… even tough I always use the English language when ever I can get away with it. I use tsclient a lot at work so I guess it was about time I payed something back to this great program.

I found an old Danish translation back from version 0.106 in the SVN repository, and started from there. I used a Danish translation guide translation guide since this is the first time I’ve ever translated software. This guide linked to a nice word list for Danish translations which helped me a few places where I was unsure about which Danish word I should choose. About 2 hours later I was finished and had submitted the translation in a bug report.

I hope someone will find this useful out there.

FLAC and Ogg/Vorbis in iTunes

After buying my Squeezebox I wanted to rip all my music to a lossless music format to get maximum quality out of the little thing. And the Open Source lover that I am the choice fell on FLAC. One problem though…

The problem is that my girlfriend is using Windows with iTunes which isn’t compatible with FLAC or Ogg for that matter.

I googled around for FLAC/Ogg Vorbis support for iTunes and found xiph.org which has a FLAC/Ogg Vorbis plugin for QuickTime ( and therefor also iTunes). iTunes uses the QuickTimes components to playback different audio and video types.

To bad that their latest version 0.1.7 is released only for Mac. It seems that you need to have FLAC contained in Ogg containers to be able to playback FLAC.

This link: a blog about Xiphs development deserves attention as well.