I am moving over to using Fedora from Ubuntu as I am helping out with the OLPC XS (School Server) on XO laptop effort, which is Fedora based. Fedora 17, codename The Beefy Miracle (seriously), has just been released, so it’s time to update my Linux development workstations.
Installing Fedora 17 in VMWare Fusion / VMWare Workstation 8
There are two problems with Fedora 17 and VMWare at the moment:
- Fedora 17’s graphical installer on VMWare (and I’ve heard on Oracle VirtualBox too) does not show the Back / Next buttons. They are there and they work if you tab to them, but they are offscreen due to the video mode.
- The next problem is that “Linux Easy Install” doesn’t work in VMWare Tools build 8.8.3 in the Fedora 17 guest. At all. Don’t use it, or you’ll end up in dracut debug shell purgatory after a “dracut Warning: Unable to process initqueue” message. The rest of the instructions here gets you to where Easy install would have managed to get you anyway.
So to get through it, you can either run a text install that produces a very minimal install of Fedora (great for hardened servers like the XS!)
- Boot from the ISO
- Enter the troubleshooting menu
- Press tab to bring up the linuz boot arguments
- Delete the vesa arguments
- Type in “text” on the end of the command line
or just use the graphical install…
- If there’s only one control on screen, just press return and you can go to the next screen
- If there’s many controls on screen, press tab until the focus disappears, and then press tab one more time (moves from the hidden Back button to the hidden Next button) and then press return.
Updating Fedora to allow VMWare Tools compilation
Once you have Fedora installed, login and open a terminal window
sudo yum update sudo reboot sudo yum install kernel-devel kernel-headers gcc make
Installing VMWare Tools
Now you’re ready to install the VMWare Tools
- Virtual Machine -> Install VMWare Tools. Unfortunately, F17 now mounts CD ROMs in a user specific location (/run/media/<username>/<volume name>), so you need to know your username if the instructions below don’t work
- Open a terminal
tar zxf /run/media/`whoami`/VMware\ Tools/VMw*.tar.gz cd vmware-tools-distrib sudo ./vmware-install.pl
NB: With tools build 8.8.3, there will be compilation errors until an update for the tools is released by VMware, but enough modules will compile to allow you to use shared folders, have auto-resizing monitors, working cut-n-paste, and a few of the other things that make running the tools worthwhile. Drag and drop doesn’t work yet.
Logout and then Restart the system to enable the tools. If you’re text only,
will do the trick.
You are welcome!