Monthly Archives: September 2018


Fedora on Workstation Pt.2: Copy-Pasting is Back

In my previous post, I introduced you to my journey of moving my development from Windows 10 to a Fedora 28 VM running on VMware Workstation 14. Today I’ll be telling you about the most basic of needs any virtual machine user has: copying and pasting between the host- and the guest OS. A feature I’ve enabled on thousands of VMware machines proved non-trivial on this Fedora VM.

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Fedora on Workstation Pt.1: an Introduction

For the past six months I’ve been trying to switch my development to Linux.
There were two reasons: needing to be able to do all build steps of our products requires a *nix environment; executives want us to start using Macs so they don’t have the problem of Windows users breaking Mac users and vice versa (yeah, unfortunately we live in an age where Mac users are actually taken seriously). That’s how I ended up with the middle-of the road approach of switching to Linux at least for development. Given that I’m mainly a Windows guy and a lot of the software I need to use on a daily basis doesn’t have a Linux counterpart (Office, Visio) and there is no company-wide IT support for Linux, there were but two solutions: a dev VM running on VMware vSphere in the data center or a dev VM running on Workstation on my … workstation. There are pros and cons to both.

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VMworld 2018

I have only been to one VMworld edition before. Last year I attended the European version in Barcelona. I found the conference quite interesting and – as I was mostly a visitor – managed to see a lot of interesting sessions and roam the Solutions Exchange booths a lot, collecting tons of swag. It was also of great help that Catalans really know how to cook … the evil bastards!

This year I was even more excited for two reasons: first, it was my first VMworld US which is the main platform for announcing everything VMware has been working on throughout the year (hello high share prices!), and second – this time I was doing sessions of my own.

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Third Patent Filed!

Last week was all about good news. After a successful trip to Vegas to participate in VMworld 2018 the week before – for which I need to do a separate post – I also got news that a long awaited glass cube was finally delivered. Some context is in order: VMware gives a glass prize to every engineer that is on the inventors list of a patent application. The prize features patent and inventor name and filing date and come in variety of colors. This time mine is bright green and was cleverly – or unintentionally – coordinated with the prizes of the rest of the inventors to form an RGB pixel:

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