Installing SimplyMEPIS on VMware WorkstationFebruary 21, 2009 at 11:26 pm | Posted in Technical | Leave a comment
Since I understood MEPIS was derived from Debian, I followed very much the same procedure as for Debian Lenny.
1. I downloaded SimplyMEPIS-7.0-32.iso from http://www.mepis.org/mirror.
2. I created a VMware Worstation virtual machine with the following settings:
- OS: Linux, Other 2.6.x Linux
- RAM: 512 Mb
- Disk space: 8 Gb
- Disk type: SCSI
- Sound card: Auto detect
- USB: Auto detect
- Network adapter: NAT
- Processors: 2
3. The install wizard proved very simple to follow and my virtual machine was set up in a matter of minutes. I took the opportunity to take a snapshot of the VM, just in case.
4. I started the installation of the VMware Tools and realised, as I expected by then, that the linux headers were missing.
I therefore opened an xterm, and entered as root:
# apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)
As GCC was already installed, I did not have to install it nor make.
However, I was not able to give the Tools’ installer the right path to the kernel source and typed instead:
# ln -sf /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r) /usr/src/linux
The install process went smoothly thereafter although, again as was the case for Lenny, I needed to add Option “CorePointer” in the mouse-related section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf, as follows:
Identifier “VMware Mouse”
Option “Protocol” “ps/2″
Option “Device” “/dev/input/mice”
Option “Emulate3Buttons” “false”
Option “Emulate3Timeout” “70″
Option “ZAxisMapping” “4 5″
Option “Buttons” “5″
That was it and everything worked fine, as promised on the MEPIS homepage!