Category Archives: Ubuntu

VM-Where’s My Network?

I’m a big fan of virtual machines and especially VMware running Ubuntu Linux. Open source and virtualisation just go so well together – as many machines as you need with no restrictions. I use them more and more – build servers for different architectures, test beds, web servers, etc.

Anyway, here’s a quick tip that I discovered while setting up a VM server on amd64. I installed VMware from Ubuntu’s feisty-commercial repository (as easy as ever) but none of the virtual machines I ran on the box would connect to the network. It turned out that by default VMware only “bridges” the main interface of the host machine, in this case eth0. However, the only active interface on this machine is a wireless card on ath0. To fix this issue, I just needed to configure ath0 as a bridged interface by running:

sudo /usr/bin/

…and followed the prompts to select “Add a bridged interface on /dev/vmnet2 from ath0″.

After that was done, I just needed to change the settings in the server console for each VM to use the /dev/vmnet2 device and the networking on the VMs sprang into life; they could get IP addresses using DHCP from my router.

Hope this tip helps someone out there because the problem had me foxed for a while!

Updated MythTV Guide

MythTV Banner

I’ve finally got round to updating my MythTV guide:

This is the most major change yet, with a complete new look for the site. I’m going to release site’s graphics as an Ubuntu desktop and usplash theme, so if you like it then watch this space!

As far as the guide goes, it’s had a thorough overhaul to make it more relevant to the new Feisty packages and it now focuses on the EIT TV listings rather than the Internet based XMLTV stuff, mainly because this is so much easier to get working and now has some advantages such as listings for digital radio.

Be Evil

April saw the second major release of my satirical side project, Ubuntu Satanic Edition. Although the response was never going to match the impact of the first release, I’ve had nothing but great feedback regarding the artwork. In fact, one user was impressed enough to cite it in a thread called “List the best software for Linux” …and it wasn’t me, honest! The whole thing has been done using open source tools and I’ll be posting details of what I used on this blog very soon.

I’m going to focus on my MythTV site for a while, but there are still some irons in the inferno regrading the Satanic Edition… plus I’ve got loads of great artwork ideas for the next release. If only I had the time for it all.

Ubuntu Satanic Edition

You might think I’m joking, but there’s actualy a Linux distribution out there called Ubuntu Christian Edition. To me, this is just a bit silly. What’s the point of adding GnomeSword and a few fish logos to the standard Ubuntu distro and saying that it “empowers Christians”? Empowers them to do what, invade Iraq?

Anyway, this got me thinking and, even though I’m an atheist, I’m also a big heavy metal fan. So I think this qualifies me to release Ubuntu Satanic Edition.