NB I was only able to download this using a direct internet connection, because our company firewall blocks BitTorrent. There don't appear to be any FTP or HTTP mirrors of these VMWare images.
There were just a couple of problems with this virtual machine image, for which I have discovered workarounds.
- Timezone persistently defaults to EST, no matter what I do in the time/date control panel. It turns out that certain system files need editing by hand (change to reflect your actual location and language):
- sudo rm /etc/localtime
- sudo ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/London /etc/localtime
- sudo vi /etc/timezone -- set it to Europe/London
- sudo vi /etc/profile -- add the following line at the end:
- sudo vi /etc/default/locale -- set it as follows:
- Login crash: for a while I thought I had broken the system by installing some upgrade or enabling shared folders. The symptom was that when I logged in, the progress bar would be displayed for a few seconds but instead of displaying the desktop, Ubuntu would restart the windowing system and display the login prompt again. I eventually discovered by trial and error that this was due to starting up in full-screen on my second monitor. Provided I always login while the VM is running in a non-maximised window, it seems very reliable. If you're suffering similar problems, look in your vmware.log file for messages similar to the following:
VMXVmdbGuestLaunchMenuCB: buf is null.
VMXVmdbGuestLaunchMenuCB: failed: ret = VMDB failure
GuestRpc: Channel 3 reinitialized.
I upgraded Mercurial to 1.4.1 and TortoiseHg to 0.9.2 by downloading the following Debian packages and installing them manually using dpkg -i:
- mercurial_1.4.1-1_i386.deb and mercurial-common_1.4.1-1_all.deb from ftp://mirror.switch.ch/mirror/ubuntu/pool/universe/m/mercurial/
- tortoisehg_0.9.2-1_all.deb and tortoisehg-nautilus_0.9.2-1_all.deb from ftp://mirror.switch.ch/mirror/ubuntu/pool/universe/t/tortoisehg/
I was able to get Eclipse (Galileo) as a Ubuntu package and installed the excellent HgEclipse plugin from http://hge.javaforge.com/hgeclipse using the Eclipse "Install New Software" option.