Windows 10 Insider Preview: Moved Data Folder

I wanted to try the recently announced Windows 10 Bash prompt aka Windows Subsystem for Linux.

To do this I changed my Windows Update settings to the Fast Ring and next day I received a pretty big Windows Update. I was then able to enable Windows Subsystem for Linux from Windows Features section. However the next day when I went to start VMware Workstation it complained that my VMs were gone. To my horror my C:\Data\Virtual Machines folder was missing, and in its place was something called SharedData which contained some empty sub-folders..

I noticed a Windows.old in my folder and sure enough, my original C:\Data folder along with all sub-folders including Virtual Machines was in there. I moved it back to C:\Data but it will be interesting to see if Windows decides to allow it to stay there. I’ll be sure to back it up regularly.

Enable Extra Mouse Buttons in Linux Guest VM (VMware)

It’s long bugged me that I was not able to use the extra mouse buttons (e.g. back) in my Linux VMs under VMware Workstation. Apparently it’s bugged a lot of others too because today after finally reaching my breaking point I did a quick search and found that manually adding a single line to your VM’s .vmx file will enable this missing functionality. Here’s the line, simply append it to your vmx file when your VM is powered down and restart:

mouse.vusb.enable = "TRUE"

I wish I’d hit my breaking point long ago and fixed this… Now my Kensington Expert Mouse is a first class Linux citizen in VMware.

Source of solution: http://goo.gl/zCYj6

Ubuntu 10.04 Is Here

Not sure why I am so excited about this. Geek obviously, but still. Normally I am fairly reserved when a new version of something comes out, but this one feels different.

I use 8.04 at work at my primary OS with a dash of VMware Workstation thrown in for Windows/Outlook and other testing. At home my machines are primarily Windows 7 thanks to my MAPS and TechNet subscription. I really love using 8.04 at work but it has some issues. Sound seems to be a big problem; often times it will just stop working for no reason until I reboot, which I don’t like to do very often. This is generally fine because I don’t do much that requires sound, but it makes it pretty frustrating when there’s an important screencast to be viewed.

More of a problem is when it slows to a crawl. It’s pretty frustrating when I am trying to get something done quickly and it becomes unresponsive for 30 seconds or longer. I would think any modern OS should be able to multitask pretty well, so I don’t know what’s going on there. This doesn’t happen a lot but when it does, it makes me wonder if I should switch back to Windows.

I am very much hoping that 10.04 fixes both issues.

In the past, I used to occasionally install Linux just for something to do, but then once it was installed, I’d be all “ok, now what?”, then destroy the installation and put Windows back on it. You could hardly blame me: all my clients were Windows-based, so there was little point in me putting much effort into Linux. Times have changed: now I wish all my clients used Linux.

As a test, I installed it under VMware Workstation. It installed fine, but after initially booting, I was unable to enter a password: the keyboard didn’t work. Not the coolest start! I clicked the little man-in-wheel icon at the bottom and selected the option to display the on-screen keyboard. After rebooting, the keyboard showed up and I logged in. Then I opened a terminal and entered:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup

After rebooting, I turned off the on-screen keyboard. Now everything is working well. Apparently this is caused by a conflict introduced by the VMware tools during automated setup, and by not doing an automated setup this shouldn’t happen.