Posts Tagged ‘ubuntu 9.04’

VMware keyboard mapping issues (Alt Gr) solved

2009/07/28 3 comments

If your VMWare keyboard mapping prevents you from using special keys such as Alt Gr, just add the following the your /etc/vmware/config:

xkeymap.keycode.108 = 0x138 # Alt_R
xkeymap.keycode.106 = 0x135 # KP_Divide
xkeymap.keycode.104 = 0x11c # KP_Enter
xkeymap.keycode.111 = 0x148 # Up
xkeymap.keycode.116 = 0x150 # Down
xkeymap.keycode.113 = 0x14b # Left
xkeymap.keycode.114 = 0x14d # Right
xkeymap.keycode.105 = 0x11d # Control_R
xkeymap.keycode.118 = 0x152 # Insert
xkeymap.keycode.119 = 0x153 # Delete
xkeymap.keycode.110 = 0x147 # Home
xkeymap.keycode.115 = 0x14f # End
xkeymap.keycode.112 = 0x149 # Prior
xkeymap.keycode.117 = 0x151 # Next
xkeymap.keycode.78 = 0x46 # Scroll_Lock
xkeymap.keycode.127 = 0x100 # Pause
xkeymap.keycode.133 = 0x15b # Meta_L
xkeymap.keycode.134 = 0x15c # Meta_R
xkeymap.keycode.135 = 0x15d # Menu

I found this solution on the German Ubuntu forum.

This worked with VMware-server-2.0.1-156745 in combination with host OS Ubuntu 9.04 and guest OS Windows XP SP3.

Installing Adobe AIR and TweetDeck on Ubuntu 9.04

2009/06/17 1 comment

This is a short manual on how to install Adobe AIR and Adobe AIR applications such as TweetDeck on Ubuntu 9.04 (This instruction should also work with most up-to-date Linux distributions). Once you have confirmed that everything works (i.e. TweetDeck works), you can delete all downloaded files.

  1. Download Adobe AIR from their homepage:
  2. Make AdobeAIRInstaller.bin executable

    $ chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

  3. Install Adobe AIR

    $ sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.binThis will install Adobe AIR to /opt/Adobe AIR

  4. Download TweetDeck

    $ wget \

  5. Install TweetDeck using Adobe AIR installer

    $ /opt/Adobe\ AIR/Versions/1.0/airappinstaller

  6. This will open a GUI installer and automatically start TweetDeck. Furthermore, a starter will be created on your desktop.
  7. The desktop starter is just a script. Here’s the content:

    ~/Desktop$ cat \
    [Desktop Entry]
    Comment=Welcome to TweetDeck - a unique way to view your twitter timeline

  8. To uninstall Adobe AIR and Adobe AIR applications, select “Programs” -> “Applications” -> Adobe AIR Uninstaller”. This will also automatically uninstall Adobe AIR applications (i.e. TweetDeck).

New in Ubuntu 9.04: screen-profiles, the enhanced GNU screen

2009/06/05 Comments off

My recent discovery: Ubuntu 9.04 comes with screen-profiles, a command-line “GUI” enhancement based on curses. If you have been using GNU-Screen for a while, but have always been too lazy to configure the display (or any other part of the program), you might enjoy this tool.

Lorna Jane posted a nice summary about screen-profiles.

Side note: This tool was actually developed by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu.

Problem upgrading VMware Tools (because of JIT-Debugger) solved

2009/05/26 Comments off

After resurrecting an old VMware installation (I started with the first freely available version of VMware.. version 1) and upgrading successfully (see this post), I was not able to update Vmware Tools within my guest OS (Windows XP SP3). I tried the automatic update option as well as the interactive update option. Both resulted in Visual Studio’s JIT (Just-In-Time) Debugger complaining and aborting the upgrade (on the guest OS).

Solution: Within the guest OS (WindowsXP in my case), uninstall VMware Tools and restart the guest OS. After restarting the guest OS the VMware UI “VMware Tools”-section will have changed from “Upgrade VMware Tools” to “Install VMware Tools”. Clicking the latter installed a fresh version of VMware tools without any problems.

This worked with VMware-server-2.0.1-156745 in combination with host OS Ubuntu 9.04 and guest OS Windows XP SP3.