Is this the linux desktop that has long been promised and never delivered ?
Ok so ignoring the fact that the linux desktop will probably never be that main stream this is the first I’ve used the new Gnome interface. As someone who has used Quicksilver and now Alfred on OSX I can’t see what all of the fuss is about to be perfectly honest. I’ve never liked navigating into a folder (and sub folder, and sub sub folder) of applications trying to find the right shortcut, hit Apple+Space type in a couple of letters, start the application. Simples.
So the new Gnome is nice, I like the way it works, I like especially the way it works out of the box installed on VMware Fusion with no tinkering. The same updates completed as for F16 and that’s the VMware tools installed so my mouse is free to move in and out of the window, copy and paste between guest and host works, and well to be honest it just works.
I’ve also installed Cinnamon on the recommendation of Richard Morrell, and again it just works, and it works great. I certainly know what I’d be loading on to a machine as my default OS if I ever went back to PC hardware, and I wouldn’t be too upset to do so (probably).
Clearly I’ve not really used in anger yet, that comes later, but initial signs are certainly promising…..
So with the news that Redhat have released OpenShift (PaaS) to opensource under the name of OpenShift Origin I thought I’d take a look having played with the service over the last six months (along with Heroku for some Ruby tinkering) I grabbed a copy of the ISO and had a look using the Live CD, thought it looked interesting, went to install and it decided it didn’t want to work with the drive set up on VMWare Fusion on OSX.
Back to square none.
Download Fedora Project 16 64bit and run it up in VMWare (On MacBook Air I gave it 2Gb RAM / Single Processor and 20Gb HDD space)
Side Note to get VMWare Tools working:
From the terminal
sudo yum update
Reboot to ensure you are using the latest installed kernel
sudo yum install gcc make kernel-devel perl
You should now have everything in place to install the VMWare Tools (Happy Days)
Installing cinnamon to make it look pretty (although I’m yet to get gnome working in anything other than fallback mode on VMWare) – I mainly do this as one day I will get it working or VMWare will get updated
sudo curl http://repos.fedorapeople.org/repos/leigh123linux/cinnamon/fedora-cinnamon.repo -o /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-cinnamon.repo
sudo yum install cinnamon
And then on to the real work…
Installing OpenShift Origin from the official doco ;-) Will update with progress once I’ve worked through it….
Of course I’m not sure what I’ll use it for, but it’s good to play.