VMware Fusion 2.0.5 now includes support for Ubuntu 9.04

The recently released VMware Fusion 2.0.5 now officially supports Ubuntu 9.04. In addition over 80 bugs have been fixed.

Workarounds like this install tools hack and this keyboard, mouse, and shared folders tip are no longer necessary.

After removing the previous version of the VMwareTools, installing the version that ships with 2.0.5 (7.9.6-173382), and rebooting, all is well.


Greg McDonald a.k.a Mac Kelly – blogging in LA

Greg McDonald a.k.a. Mac Kelly

I happened to notice while testing the ability to post Twitter updates via SMS messages that my brother, Greg McDonald, has started his own WordPress blog.

In addition to the expected Mac Kelly links he’s recently posted some pictures from his recent trip to Puerto Rico.

Dare I say primal, yet superficial in a very contemporary way.

MarkLogic Server on Ubuntu 9.04

Recently I’ve been taking a look at the MarkLogic Server platform.

Of the available Linux distributions it is officially only supported on RedHat Enterprise Linux.

Since my Linux distribution of choice recently is Ubuntu I was happy to find that Donnie Cameron had documented how to install and run the MarkLogic Server platform on Ubuntu v8.10.

I’m pleased to report that the procedure also works for Ubuntu 9.04.

One item to note is that the step that uses alien to perform a conversion from an rpm package to a deb takes a bit of time and if you’re not patient you might think the process has hung.

Below are the steps that I used to install MarkLogic Server on Ubuntu 9.04 which are a slight change from the steps outlined by Donnie Cameron.

  1. Create a temporary directory for staging the creation of the new deb file and cd into that directory
  2. $ sudo apt-get install rpm alien
  3. $ wget http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/l/lsb/lsb-base_3.2-22_all.deb ( the reason for using an updated lsb package )
  4. Get the appropriate Mark Logic server RPM file from here: http://developer.marklogic.com/download
  5. $ sudo gdebi lsb-base_3.2-22_all.deb
  6. $ sudo alien –to-deb –verbose MarkLogic-4.0-5.i686.rpm (patience)
  7. $ sudo dpkg -i marklogic_4.0-5_i386.deb (using the actual .deb name)
  8. $ sudo mkdir /var/lock/subsys
  9. $ sudo /etc/init.d/MarkLogic start

The MarkLogic init scripts are in /etc/init.d/ and work in the expected fashion.

I’m looking forward to working with MarkLogic Server and even more specifically using XQuery and anticipate reporting my findings in future entries.