Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Web Architecture Consultant specializing in open source frameworks.


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Two Finger Right Click

I just discovered that two finger right click has been added for 15" MacBook Pro machines. To enable it, go to System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Trackpad. Check "Place two fingers on trackpad and click button for secondary click". Sweet - I dig this feature. Hat tip to the Parallels web site.

Now onto seeing if I can the free VMWare server to run Ubuntu side-by-side Windows XP on my HP box. If not, I'll drag out an old server and install it on there. It seems I'm in need of a build server since my other one is already being taxed by AppFuse's CruiseControl.

Posted in Mac OS X at Jul 01 2006, 08:52:13 PM MDT 3 Comments

Re VMWare: I've just set up two machines using VMWare. I'd never used virtualisation before, so it's a bit of a blast running multiple OS's at once.

Machine 1. Generic desktop box running Windows 2003 Server running VMWare Server RC2. Guest operating systems are Windows 2000 Server and Ubuntu 6.06 Desktop. Worked a treat.

Machine 2. Dell D610 Latitude running Ubuntu 6.06 and VMWare Workstation. Guest operating system is Windows XP. The only thing I have to work out is how to get the VMWare networking set up to handle wired vs wireless networking. XP can see the network when I'm on the wired network, but not when I'm wireless.

My plan is to do my Java development on Ububtu, and Window development on XP. And now it's easy to restore Windows to a known clean state.



Posted by Andrew Hallam on July 02, 2006 at 05:30 AM MDT #

I assume you are talking about the HP your wife bought some time ago. I have the same machine and its AMD X2 64 is well suited for the task. My box has Ubuntu Breezy 64 bit as the host OS (very minimal setup) and I use VMware Server since quite some time without any complaints. Updates from beta to beta and now to the release candidate have been trouble free. Windows and different Linux flavors run quite fast inside VMs. I have not tried SMP Linux, but Windows with two CPUs did run well. In February I had to use it for a MS SQL server instance.

Virtualization is truly a blessing for a developer. We're currently in the process of relocating to Panama and I got to throw away all those old PCs that piled up over the years. The oldest was a dual Pentium II :-) It's a bit sad to throw all that away, but on the other hand virtualization is so much more flexible.

Posted by Stephan Schwab on July 04, 2006 at 03:22 PM MDT #

Stephan - I agree that the HP makes a nice box for virtualization. I was able to setup Ubuntu 5.10, upgrade to 6.0.6 and get an environment up and running w/in an hour. Since I have 150 GB of free space and 3 GB of RAM, the box is definitely under-utilized. I dig how VMWare server works - it's practically the same thing as having 2 separate computers. However, it's much easier to setup and configure. I dig it.

Posted by Matt Raible on July 04, 2006 at 03:41 PM MDT #

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