Installing VMware Tools on a Linux host is very simple. All you need to do is make sure the headers for your current kernel and GCC are installed. Here is an example of the commands you would run for Debian/Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic gcc
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom
cp /media/cdrom/VMware*.tar.gz /tmp
sudo umount /media/cdrom
tar xzvf VMware*.gz
You should now notice your Linux VMs are more responsive and have a few more options.
For some unexplainable reason it annoyed me that most Linux distros use a swap partition instead of a swap file. Depending on your setup a swap file will be just as fast and will even allow you to suspend to disk. Here is how you do it.
Enter the following lines at the Terminal:
sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/swap bs=1G count=X
sudo chown root:root /swap
sudo chmod 600 /swap
sudo mkswap /swap
sudo swapon /swap
Replace “X” in the first line with how many gigabytes you want your swap file to be (~1.5 times your amount of RAM is a good rough guess). Now add the line “
/swap none swap sw 0 0” to your /etc/fstab file.
If you already have a swap partition you can safely remove the corresponding line from /etc/fstab,
sudo swapoff partition, and then remove the swap partition completely with a tool like GParted.
If you get a error from
dd indicating you do not have enough RAM you can use
sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/swap bs=1M count=X instead.
I just came across a very good Slashdot article that links to a bunch of information on floating-point numbers geared towards programmers.
- What Every Computer Scientist Should Know About Floating-Point Arithmetic
- More of a technical paper
- The Floating-Point Guide
- More of an every-mans guide