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:

libdbus-1-3
libnautilus-burn4

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.

Squeezebox

2 days ago I recieved my Squeezebox… finally I pulled my head out and bought one. I should have done this along time ago. This is one of the best investments since my IBM x40… and that says a lot. At first I got really disappointed because I couldn’t get the Squeezebox to connect to the wireless network. After a few hours tinkering with my wireless access point and the Squeezebox wireless settings I gave up. I plugged it to the network with a wire and installed the latest Slimserver on my Windows partition (I know, I know… Windows, not something I was proud of).

When the Squeezebox found the slimserver on the Windows box the Squeezebox asked me to allow it to update its firmware. After that the wireless ran without problem. Yay.

I’ve started ripping all our music to FLAC even though my girlfriend was almost finished with our over 300 CDs in mp3.

Right now I use Linksys NSLU2 (running Debian Etch) both as music storage and to run the slimserver. It feels a bit slow but it is really not that bad. I’m thinking of finding another NAS but it either has to as silent as the NSLU2 or it has to be wireless. If any of you guys know a good alternative the the NSLU2 let me know.

Back to the Squeezebox… Not only can you play all you digital music but you can listen to internet radio (there is a Pandora plugin). You can have it to wake you up, show RSS (news) feeds on the display, play you podcasts and much more. All you digital music needs gathered in one freaking cool looking, easy to navigate, low noise box in your living room. All in all the Squeezebox rocks! Period.

My very own hackergotchi head

Last week I found this Avatar while browsing the Ubuntu community forums. I really like the style and decided to make one myself which should also look kinda like me.

The result is my own personal “hand drawed” hackergotchi. I used a picture taken at work and Inkscape to do the magic. It might look even better if I applied an uneven stroke like the one from the Ubuntu forums. Right now Inkscape does the stroke which is kinda dull. But it will suffice for now.