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VMWare Fusion 2.x causes Ubuntu printing failure

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I’d already upgraded my Windows x86 instances to 2.x on my Mac Book Pro but hadn’t got around to Ubuntu until today. The upgrade went fine, and VMWare Tools compilation succeeded and kernel reports were normal. Unfortunately, CUPS (Common Unix Printing Service) fails to start correctly and there doesn’t appear to be any way to fix it without changing the VMWare Fusion libraries. It appears to be a bug introduced by VMWare Tools. I’ve updated my Ubuntu VMWare printer set up steps to note it. If you’ve got a fix for the problem, let me know.


Written by maclochlainn

October 27, 2008 at 2:22 am

Posted in Mac, VMWare

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  1. I blew away the old Ubuntu 8.0.4 image. Reinstalled it from scratch, patched the OS current, and then installed the VMWare Tools. This time there was no need to recompile 5 libraries and CUPS works.


    October 27, 2008 at 3:46 pm

  2. What advantages are there, when entering and working in the field, to knowing and using Linux OS systems like Ubuntu? Part of the reason why I ask is I would like to get used to using something like Ubuntu but I have a hard time leaving my Mac OS X when it is soo sleek and efficient.

    Mike Grace

    October 29, 2008 at 4:14 am

  3. That’s a great question. Linux is generally a server platform, but many flavors offer both a client and server version. Ubuntu offers both. Ubuntu as a client when you add Code Weavers CrossOver to run exclusively Microsoft products like Visio rivals Windows as a end-user platform. It is also widely used by many folks to build and maintain development instances because it can mirror production server environments without encompassing their licensing expenses. Learning Ubuntu, Red Hat, and SUSE would definitely be on my list. I’ve worked in those plus AIX (awesome set of incremental security features) and Solaris (I still check out new OS versions on my Ultra 5). I even worked in the old A/UX (Unix) from Apple when I was a beta-tester on Apple’s TCP/IP 1.0 and 1.1 networking stacks. While you can’t know everything, knowing enough to build and maintain instances and utilities is always important to your career.


    November 1, 2008 at 4:28 pm

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