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Friday, April 17, 2009

Install Fedora 10 through VMware Fusion 2.0

Hi guys, lots of time passed since I posted on this blog so, here I come.

Just like my friends matteo, tciddanniw and wisher I have lots of stuff to do including university courses’ projects. In order to develop some of them I need to run Linux and as you probably know I am a Mac OS X user so, having only a single notebook, I need to run some virtual machines in order to accomplish my tasks (I don’t consider dual-boot - or worse triple-boot - as a solution, just like my friend wisher).

This time I’m going to use Fedora 10 so, let’s start. First of all, what we need?

  • Mac OS X 10.5;
  • VMware Fusion 2.0.4 (this version corrects a pretty serious security issue);
  • Fedora 10.
In contrast with Ubuntu, VMware Fusion doesn’t have a predefined profile for Fedora so you have to choose one; I chose Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 64-bit (because I’m using Fedora 10 x86-64, choose the profile according to the architecture you chose to use). Now you can modify the profile of the virtual machine as you like (I assigned 2 virtual cores, reserved 512 MB of RAM and created an incremental SCSI hard disk of 64 GB).

Now you can boot the virtual machine and install the operating system just like you would do if you’re dealing with a real machine; the installation is straightforward and I don’t think you need my directions. When the installation is completed I recommend you to fully update the operating system (if you are installing Fedora 10 right now you need patience due to the pretty high amount of updates available).

The installation of the VMware Tools is the most tricky part, anyway it is still simple. First of all you need some packages to build VMware Tools so, open a Terminal windows, elevate your permission with the su command and then type:

yum install gcc make kernel-devel

I advise you not to close the Terminal window, you will need it in a few seconds. Select Install VMware Tools from Virtual Machine menu, a mounted DVD should appear on your desktop, double-click on it to enter and then copy the archive containing VMware Tools (if you're using VMware Fusion 2.0.4 the archive name is VMwareTools-7.9.3-159196.tar.gz) on a local folder such as ~/Downloads. Unpack VMware Tools (either using the Terminal or the Graphical User Interface) and get to the resulting folder using the Terminal window you used before (which should be an elevated Terminal). To install VMware Tools you need to type:


answer yes to all questions except for the one that talls: “The configuration file /etc/X11/xorg.conf can not be found. Do you want to create a new one? (yes/no) [yes]” here you have to answer no because Fedora 10 doesn't use the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to store X's configuration.

When the installation finished you only have to restart the virtual machine and enjoy your virtualized operating system.



can you show me how to install Fedora 11 through vmware fusion? I'm using imac 24''. It shows the disc is not found when I was trying to install by using fedora 11 image file.


I installed Fedora 11 yesterday using the x86-64 Live CD on my MacBook and everything goes smoothly.

First of all compute the checksum of the image file and compare it with the checksum reported on the website. If the checksum is correct try upgrading to the last version of VMware Fusion (2.0.5 has been released few days ago). At the very end you can try using the DVD to install Fedora 11 instead of the Live CD.


Hi, I'm really new in Linux, what do you mean by compute the checksum? How to do this section? I downloaded the 3.9GB Fedora 11 (DVD.iso). I was trying to install fedora through .ISO file which can be directly linked to the image file. However, it did check the file before installation then it prompted something like "The resource cd was not found......". So I wondering whether I need to burn the image to the dvd-r or rw before I run the setup. Do you have any idea about that? Thanks..


With compute the checksum I mean follow the instructions shown in this page http://fedoraproject.org/en/verify .

For more information on the installation process I think you should take a look at this page http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/f11/en-US/html-single/

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