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Thursday, November 23, 2006

How to get a 'One Laptop Per Child' Image Running on your System

For those of you who feel like experimenting a bit this morning, here's a link to a perfectly good and working VMware image of a "One Laptop Per Child" system (mirror #1, mirror#2). Don't forget that if you want to run that image, you'll need to install VMware Player on your system first. Here are some detailed instructions:

  • Download VMware Player (Free) and install it
  • Download the OLPC image (mirror #1, mirror#2) and unzip it on your drive
  • Double click on the "OLPC" Vmware config file
  • Tell the player it is ok to change the system’s UUID and click through the error messages
  • Voilà! You now have a fully functional OLPC system running on your box.

Here are some alternate instructions for those of you who want to try this under Mac OSX.

Have fun! (
thanks Tuttle SVC!)

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  • I have mirrored the vmware image if the current mirros die:

    Thanks for the post.

    By Anonymous harper, at 12:12 AM  

  • i'm wondering if it's worth it to try to get it running on vmware on linux....you know, seeing as it too is linux

    can you run vmware images on vmware server? i installed that so i could run vista on vmware for when i get family members who need computer help and me without a memorized "this is what windows' control panel looks like"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:44 PM  

  • You can Install the Linux version of the player, and it'll work fine... It can also probably run on VMware server..

    By Blogger Kiltak, at 9:15 PM  

  • It's possible to get an image of OLPC for qemu? I don't use vmware cause it's non free software.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:39 PM  

  • Anonymous: VMWare player is free for personal use..

    From their FAQ: "VMware Player is free software that enables PC users to easily run any virtual machine on a Windows or Linux PC. VMware Player runs virtual machines created by VMware Workstation, VMware Server, or VMware ESX Server and also supports Microsoft virtual machines and Symantec LiveState Recovery disk formats."

    By Blogger Kiltak, at 3:26 PM  

  • You don't seem to understand that vmplayer is proprietary software, not free software.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:07 PM  

  • he understands that. but I fail to understand why being fully "free" is a requirement to use software.

    when you pass data over the internet, your data goes through a whole hell of a lot of non-free software and hardware.

    If you watch TV, you watch it through proprietary hardware and software. If you listen to the radio, you listen to it through proprietary hardware. When you use a cell phone, you use non-free hardware and software.

    why are people so zealous about free software? If it helps you get the job done, use it! I guess you have to be one of those "people" that use a computer as a tool to get work done to understand that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:04 PM  

  • http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OS_images_for_emulation

    Maybe before getting in some little flame wars, please do a little googling :)

    In fact, I wanted to check out QEMU version too, because vmware player, although free, is very invasive in system terms - I don't need additional kernel modules, thank you.

    But it is of course matter of taste :)

    And now, test time ;)

    By Anonymous Peteris Krisjanis, at 4:16 AM  

  • Vmware may not be open source.. but it's free to use. You may not want to use it for reasons such as Peteris wrote in his comment, but refusing to use it because it was not developed with the "open source" philosophy in mind is a bit ridiculous.

    Nobody except you will know if you set it up on your box anyway, so no need to hide because of that ;)

    By Blogger Kiltak, at 8:46 AM  

  • You might be surprised how many open source people work on the Linux VMware products. For example, myself (GNOME, Galago, desktop notifications, and former Gaim developer), Alex Graveley (GNOME, Tomboy, Gimmie), David Trowbridge (xchat-gnome, bzflag), Micah Dowty (CIA, the open source commit monitoring system), and many others.

    So yes, it's not open source, but there are many open source people who give up a lot of their spare time to working on open source and to integrate VMware well with open source desktops and programs.

    Plus, we do give back code-wise. libview, our collection of difficult to write but useful widgets, is available at http://view.sourceforge.net/ and is open sourced under the MIT license. The drivers used for the mouse, display driver, etc. in X are open source. We're working on opening other parts of the program as well.

    But as someone said, use what gets the job done. A VMware VM is very convenient for development and testing, and I'm quite happy to see that someone went to the effort of creating one for OLPC, as I've been wanting to play with it and develop a bit on it :) Thanks!

    By Blogger Christian Hammond, at 2:30 PM  

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