Fedora 17 VMware image

We just released the Fedora 17 image in our VMware Tools section. Fedora is a mature and highly polished Linux distribution. It is available in different “spins”, flavors with different desktops.

For this VMware image we chose the default version, the Gnome 3 desktop. That is the one that replaced the start menu with its new desktop metaphor and workflow invention called Gnome Shell. The spirit of this invention is sort of back to the roots, which seems to be in this case DOS. This whole journey could be labeled “the revenge of the command line” or similar.

Is the Gnome Shell a retro grenade?

While there are alternatives that probably match the average user’s needs better, we went for Gnome this time, because it is still the most often downloaded Fedora flavor.

The world is paradoxical.

Another interesting choice would be LXDE, sort of the swift and lightweight cousin of Gnome with the classic hierarchical start menu combined with a simple desktop.

For the future we are planning to offer VMware images with LXDE also. Xfce is another possible option. And then there is Linux Mint with its various attempts to escape the shell. We are going to keep an eye on that distribution. In other words, we are going to offer also Linux Mint downloads in the near future.

Ubuntu VMware image 12.04 with tools

As promised, we have installed the VMware Tools into the long-term support image that is already online. VMware Tools allow basically to interface better with the host and the rest of the real world.

Features of VMware Tools:

  • Shared folders connect the file systems of host and guest system.
  • Drag and drop between host and guest in both directions.
  • Copy and paste between host and guest also in both directions.
  • Shrinking of the virtual disk. This tool is especially interesting if you want to snapshot or backup an image in order to use it as a well defined starting point.
  • Synchronize the clock between host and guest. Without the synchronization tool both clocks are drifting apart over time. Strange, but true.
  • Desktop integration allows to have windows of both systems in the host system.
  • Fast network driver for, guess what, faster virtual networking.

There are other features, some of them being experimental, but the above are the most interesting ones.

Go ahead and download the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS image with VMware Tools. Having both versions, with and without tools, pays off, as both have their merits:

  • The image with the tools has some added functionality, which is often absolute necessary.
  • The other one without the VMware Tools can be updated easier. Updates from the Ubuntu server often break part of the VMware Tools. It is possible to reinstall them, but that has its own quirks.

For more information about our stance on the modern user interfaces visit the main page of our VMware area and you will find that we like the classic designs more.

I just want to start a tool and now I have to type in “editor”? That sounds like computing done in the sixties.

Right, no post about current Linux distros without some bashing. The consequence is simply that we are going to offer also VMware images with LXDE and from Linux Mint spiced with Cinnamon.

A visit lately at Distrowatch revealed that the rest of sophisticated tool users seem to think similarly. Linux Mint made the 1st spot and Ubuntu came in only third. Second was Mageia.

The reactions? Reading these defenses of the Gnome and Unity teams are nothing more than irritating. On the other hand, their message sounds like a joke, albeit a bad one.

According to these UI designers, people seem to want the command line back!

Of course, combined with a way too small font, so that it is outright health-damaging to work with a computer nowadays. Looks like it is high time for somebody to fight these dark forces and bring back the light to us, the oppressed tool users.

Why? It seems to be necessary. We are not only tool users anymore:

Ubercreative developers of the new desktop metaphors seem to force computer users into the role of being a tool themselves, so that we have two tools sitting in front of each other. The computer on the desk, that’s why this thing is also called desktop, and the user on a chair to which he is chained by the computer.

This dipole is a tool chain!

All right, enough bashing for now, but this was today’s attempt to remind somebody out there that we are human…

New Ubuntu VMware image

We just polished the last quirks of our new Ubuntu 12.04 LTS VMware appliance and got our new place for VMware image downloads started with it.

The VMware virtualization technology paves the way to many interesting applications. For instance, it is easy to run a website done with a CMS virtualized on some desktop machine. This way it can be developed behind the scenes without having every tiny change impacting the real online website.

In a nutshell, a VMware image is a fine base for many website tools. Ubuntu is the most downloaded Linux distribution and the current version enjoys a five year lasting support. Simply download our Ubuntu LTS image and get your feet wet in this virtual world. The only tool you will additionally need is the free VMware Player and that’s it.

After starting the image the virtual Linux system with over 30000 packages free to download emerges on, e.g., your Windows desktop machine. But you can also run the VMware Player from Mac and Linux. VMware is really a playground tool for grownups. Of course, it is also highly useful.

Idea vs tool for building web traffic

The idea behind a website is the best traffic generator. Traffic tools are important, but the deeper you get a grip at the root of a problem the better.

That’s the basic idea of this website.

So, we are going not only to introduce the latest methods and tools to generate or increase website traffic. No, we are also trying to approach the problem from the other side, the natural traffic building.

Welcome to traffictool.net!