Well my first choice of Ubuntu’s JeOS is probably a lot more work than I want to go through, so I am preparing my backup plan. Going to my favorite OS of choice, FreeBSD. while looking up VMWare and linux hosts I came across a link that referenced FreeBSD, so I did a little more searching and now I want to list those links so I can find them later and hopefully get that to work when I get frustrated with JeOS (since I am not intending on using it as it’s creators intended, I am expecting it to fail, but want to try anyways as VMWare supports Ubuntu based OS as a Host OS and JeOS is a watered down Ubuntu Server, and overhead is a primary concern when dealing with Virtual Machines. Maybe if I document well enough and it does work, my notes will get added to the VMWare and Ubuntu knowledgebases).
Anyways, FreeBSD links involving VMWare and/or just VMs
- Although dated December 2004 for the first post, this VMWare forum post includes responses from VMWare employees regarding not supporting FreeBSD as a Host OS. Also includes links to a site where a non-employee had been providing a FreeBSD port for VMWare, but stopped maintaining it after VMWare Workstation 3.5 last post in the thread was dated Jan 16th 2010, and still no official support. (fyi I am looking into this, as I just got assigned to a VMWare support team and so I am trying to get more familiar with their products. I would like to run VMWare on the most secure, least overhead Host OS possible, and I am already somewhat familiar with FreeBSD)
- instructions for enabling VMWare tools in *BSD guests
- instructions on installing VMWare tools in FreeBSD 8.x guest
- fantastic instructions on setting up FreeBSD 8 with KDE graphical environment, clear step by step install and post install instructions. I will try them instead of doing Ubuntu’s JeOS as having this running even without VMWare would make me most happy.
- the FreeBSD Handbook page for third party applications for installing, upgrading, and building from source
- the FreeBSD Hanbook’s page on setting up VirtualBox in BSD
- the FreeBSD official wiki-site for setting up VirtualBox