Screenshots of Fedora Core 6 in VMWare Fusion Beta

Please note: this is an early report, and more details will be posted as I have more time to dig deeper into Fusion. Loads of screenshots in the meantime.

As I mentioned earlier, VMWare Fusion for Mac has had its first beta version released publicly today. My first thought was to try the existing Fedora Core 6 x86 virtual machine I put up for download a few weeks ago, to see if it would run as is on my 2006 Core Duo Macbook.

Having experience with both VMWare on other platforms and Parallels Desktop on the Mac, I was eager to see how the two compared. Having moved VMs between OS platforms with VMWare, I really wanted to know if the Mac would indeed be treated equally.

So since I’m busy packing for a holiday trip, and only have little time for it, I thought I’d post screenshots of how it all went. Hint: it’s all good. :) You can go ahead and download my VM image, and give it a shot for yourself.

I’m only going to embed a few screenshots below, so the page stays light, but here is a complete archive: (71 screenshots. SHA1SUM: 0e468e48e8727ff842258e720b323960f19b92ad)

VMware Virtualization for Mac Beta Released

The new VMware desktop product for the Mac, codenamed Fusion, allows Intel-based Macs to run x86 operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, NetWare and Solaris, in virtual machines at the same time as Mac OS X. It is built on VMware’s rock-solid and advanced desktop virtualization platform that is used by over four million users today.

The beta is now freely downloadable. Looks like Parallels is going to have some competition. Eager to see how this pans out, or if Apple builds virtualization in their next-gen OS.

I also wonder if the VMWare images I have built will work as is on my Mac. Can’t wait to try it.

Hoping Parallels and Fusion won’t somehow conflict whe installed on the same box.

Screencast: Fedora Core 6 Install in VMWare Workstation

This screencast illustrates installing Fedora Core 6 Linux as a virtual machine in VMWare Workstation. It is based on the series of screenshots offered for download, along with the resulting virtual machine, in my previous post.

Related posts:


Fedora Core 6 VM Image for VMWare

As previously mentioned, I have prepared a VMWare equivalent to the Fedora Core 6 image I am distributing for Parallels Desktop.

You can find the details below:

http download (12.1MB)
This package contains 76 PNG screenshots of the installation procedure. They show the complete process, from setting up the VMWare image to shutting down a freshly installed and updated copy of Fedora Core 6. Please feel free to produce and distribute a screencast using these very images, if so inclined, as I do not have the time to do so myself right now. (update: I did after all).

http download (733.4MB)
This is outcome of the install process shown in the above screenshots. It is fully ready to go, as long as you already have VMWare installed (free player or other).

Here is a SHA1SUM of the above files.

Current hosting is generously provided by the McGill Linux Users Group, so please feel free to mirror, or create a torrent, and redistribute all of the present files. Until we have a new site for the McLUG, you can post your mirror addresses and/or torrent file download info right here, as comments. I will compile a list and add it to this file as (and if) they become available.

The VM package includes:

  • Fedora Core 6 – Basic: VMWare virtual machine folder
  • README.txt: helpful info, support terms (ie: zero, nada, ziltch :)
  • Fedora Core 6 – Basic – Install Screenshots: originally installed on an P4 1.65GHz
  • Fedora Mirrors.html: copy of the official Fedora mirror list
  • boot.iso: fedora boot disk used in original http install process

The install was completed on a Pentium 4 tower (1.65GHz, 1.5GB RAM) running VMWare Workstation 5.5.2 in Fedora core 6, and was also tested on a custom P4 3GHz system running Windows XP SP2 (player), as well as another P4 1.65GHz, but running Fedora Core 5 (workstation).

Once you have VMWare installed, simply double-click or open “Fedora Core 6 – Basic/Fedora Core 6 – Basic.vmx” to get going.

VMWare will most likely prompt you for a few things to adapt the image to your environment:

  • Prompts to create a VM unique identifier: choose yes
  • Prompts to map the virtual floppy drive to match yours: choose yes
  • Warns that the VMWare Tools are not installed: I did not bundle them as I’m unsure if VMWare would let me distribute the image freely once installed in the VM.

Important: The root password is changeme, and the default user is setup as tempuser, with a password of changeme also.

This virtual machine is currently configured to use 512MB RAM. The VM’s default screen resolution is set to 800×600. You can change any and all of its settings to your heart’s contempt.

Please note that this work is provided without support, and on a “works-for-me” basis only at this time.

So there you have it. Enjoy!

Update 1: Here is another source of ready-built VMWare images.

Update 2: 2006-11-29: Related post: Screencast: Fedora Core 6 Install in VMWare Workstation

Update 3: 2006-12-22: This VM will also run as is in the new VMWare Fusion Beta for Mac.

Queue the hold music: ta dadada, tada, tadada…

I’m currently installing Fedora Core 6 in VMWare Workstation 5.5.2-29772 to provide an equivalent VM image to the one I’m distributing for Parallels Desktop for Mac.

Check back soon to see how it all pans out.

Update: It’s all done, but I’m going to test it on a few machines before I post it, most likely tomorrow.