VMware View Client with PCoIP installation on Ubuntu 11.10

VMware View Client for Linux Tech Preview turns your Ubuntu PC into a thin client and connects to your company’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. With VMware View 5 PCoIP capacities you can deliver a personalized high fidelity experience for end-users across sessions, devices and operating systems.

Enable Ubuntu 11.10 partner channel package repository “oneiric-partner”

$ sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
[sudo] password for divyen:

Uncomment (take out #) following lines from /etc/apt/sources.list and save file.

# deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu oneiric partner
# deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu oneiric partner

Retrive new list of packages and install vmware-view-client package.

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install vmware-view-client

Search and Launch VMware View Client from Dash home

Read more about PC Repurposing with VMware View


When VMware view Client cannot verify that the connection to the server is secure, it warns about self-signed or expired certificate with this error “The certificate authority is invalid or incorrect”.

If you encounter this error and cannot connect to the virtual desktop, you can go to the File -> Preferences and set the mode which allows the unverifiable connection.

Snapshot of the VMware View Client Connected to the Windows 7 Virtual Machine on Ubuntu 11.10

Fixing Adobe Flash Firefox Plug-in Crash – Full Screen – Ubuntu 11.04

Here is the quick fix for the flash plug-in crash when trying to view full screen video on the latest Ubuntu 11.04.

$ sudo mkdir /etc/adobe
[sudo] password for divyen:
$ echo "OverrideGPUValidation=true" >~/mms.cfg
$ sudo mv ~/mms.cfg /etc/adobe/

Read about the Secrets of the mms.cfg file from the official Adobe Blog. Here is the link

Ubuntu 11.04 on VirtualBox 4.0.6 with Unity Interface

I just tried out Ubuntu 11.04 Beta (with Unity Interface) on the latest VirtualBox 4.0.6 r71416.

Here is my VirtualBox Configuration set for Ubuntu 11.04 Virtual Machine.

In addition 3D acceleration must be enabled and VM should have decent video memory (>= 32MB)

After the first boot you may see this warning “It seems that you do not have the hardware required to run Unity. Please choose Ubuntu Classic at the login screen and you will be using the traditional environment.”

Just ignore this warning message and install latest version (4.0.6) of Virtualbox guest additions.

Shutdown the VM gracefully. Remove Installation ISO from the Virtual Disk Drive and Power up the VM.

experience the coolest linux environment

Work with ZIP Archive as the Real File System Directory

With fuze-zip utility (ZIP Archive mounter based on FUSE) we can mount ZIP Archive file and work on it as real directories.

Installing fuze-zip (Ubuntu Linux)

$ sudo apt-get install fuse-zip

Mounting ZIP archive file at the MountPoint
Usage: fuse-zip <zip-file> <mountpoint>

$ mkdir /home/divyen/zipmount
$ fuze-zip /home/divyen/example.zip /home/divyen/zipmount

Navigate to the mount point directory and work on the ZIP archive as real directory.

$ cd /home/divyen/zipmount/example
$ ls
$ touch file2
$ echo "file2 content" &gt;&gt; file2
$ ls
file1  file2

Unmount and save changes to the original ZIP archive file.

$ cd /home/divyen
$ sudo umount /home/divyen/zipmount

List the content of the example.zip. New File “file2” is added to the ZIP archive.

$ unzip -l example.zip
Archive:  example.zip
 Length      Date     Time    Name
---------  ---------- -----   ----
  0  	   2011-01-07 16:11   example/
 11  	   2011-01-07 16:11   example/file1
 14  	   2011-01-07 16:15   example/file2
---------  -------
 25        3 files

Connecting Cisco VPN using vpnc on latest ubuntu 9.04

Install vpnc package with following command.

divyen@divyen-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install vpnc

Create a file default.conf at /etc/vpnc/ with following lines and
fill in the required parameters replacing strings enclosed within “” without keeping “”.

divyen@divyen-laptop:~$ sudo vi /etc/vpnc/default.conf

IPSec gateway <gateway>
IPSec ID <group-id>
IPSec secret <group-pass-key>
Xauth username <user-name>
NAT Traversal Mode cisco-udp

Note: Make sure you don’t append extra space at the end of parameter value.

Connect using “vpnc-connect” command.

divyen@divyen-laptop:~$ sudo vpnc-connect
[sudo] password for divyen:
Enter password for user-name@company-vpn-gateway:

To disconnect type in following command.

divyen@divyen-laptop:~$ sudo vpnc-disconnect

Terminating vpnc daemon (pid: 7894)