A while ago I posted a "how-to" doubling as a check list for installing Linux on VMWare and later I've added other posts full of little hints and reminders (e.g. fonts, keymaps). A few years later and that information is still valid, however my workflow has changed a bit, so here's a new post based on Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) trying to consolidate everything into one big list. Ingredients A downloaded ISO image of your favourite distro ( Ubuntu , Debian , Mint ) A newly created virtual machine with 1-1.5GB of RAM, a 20-40GB disk and a couple of CPU cores. Installation Mount the ISO image to your VM and boot it up, then follow the instructions to install your distro selecting your preferences (timezone, keyboard layout, etc.). It helps if your Linux account has the same username as the one on your host OS - it helps when accessing your computer via ssh. Once the installation finishes and the VM boots up, log in with your newly created user account
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I'm on a mission here to write personal reminders for linux installations... My latest collection of monospaced (and not only) fonts can be installed from the command line by typing the following: sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer (Note: do not attempt to run this through the software manager - it has to be executed from the command line as it displays a EULA that needs to be accepted) sudo apt-get install fonts-ubuntu-font-family-console sudo apt-get install fonts-inconsolata sudo apt-get install ttf-ubuntu-font-family sudo apt-get install xfonts-terminus Tahoma Tahoma is not included with the mscorefonts. Here's how to add it. Tahoma: cd ~/Downloads wget http://download.microsoft.com/download/ie6sp1/finrel/6_sp1/W98NT42KMeXP/EN-US/IELPKTH.CAB cabextract -F 'tahoma*ttf' IELPKTH.CAB sudo mv -f tahoma*ttf /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/ sudo chmod 644 /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/tahoma* sudo fc-cache -v rm -f IELPKTH.CAB
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For years and years I have been using the US keyboard layout on UK keyboards. Don't ask me why, many reasons. Now, UK keyboards have a key between the left-shift and Z, which has the backslash ("\") and pipe/bar ("|") symbols on it. On Windows selecting the US layout leaves that key as is, so basically this key works as a backslash and pipe key, but on Ubuntu it doesn't - it works as a "<" ">" key :-/ I seem to remember that on one of my Ubuntu installations (or was it a debian) I managed to find a keyboard layout that was US but worked on UK keyboards as I expected it. On my last install I just couldn't find a solution, until of course Googled it and found this page which has instructions on how to remap a key. Two minutes playing with xev and xmodmap and voila, all I needed to do was: xmodmap -e "keycode 94 = backslash bar" Gotta love a quick solution.