Monday, November 06, 2006

Fedora Core 6 VM Image for VMWare

As previously mentioned, I have prepared a VMWare equivalent to the Fedora Core 6 image I am distributing for Parallels Desktop.

You can find the details below:
http download (12.1MB)
This package contains 76 PNG screenshots of the installation procedure. They show the complete process, from setting up the VMWare image to shutting down a freshly installed and updated copy of Fedora Core 6. Please feel free to produce and distribute a screencast using these very images, if so inclined, as I do not have the time to do so myself right now. (update: I did after all).

http download (733.4MB)
This is outcome of the install process shown in the above screenshots. It is fully ready to go, as long as you already have VMWare installed (free player or other).
Here is a SHA1SUM of the above files.

Current hosting is generously provided by the McGill Linux Users Group, so please feel free to mirror, or create a torrent, and redistribute all of the present files. Until we have a new site for the McLUG, you can post your mirror addresses and/or torrent file download info right here, as comments. I will compile a list and add it to this file as (and if) they become available.

The VM package includes:
  • Fedora Core 6 - Basic: VMWare virtual machine folder
  • README.txt: helpful info, support terms (ie: zero, nada, ziltch :)
  • Fedora Core 6 - Basic - Install Screenshots: originally installed on an P4 1.65GHz
  • Fedora Mirrors.html: copy of the official Fedora mirror list
  • boot.iso: fedora boot disk used in original http install process
The install was completed on a Pentium 4 tower (1.65GHz, 1.5GB RAM) running VMWare Workstation 5.5.2 in Fedora core 6, and was also tested on a custom P4 3GHz system running Windows XP SP2 (player), as well as another P4 1.65GHz, but running Fedora Core 5 (workstation).

Once you have VMWare installed, simply double-click or open "Fedora Core 6 - Basic/Fedora Core 6 - Basic.vmx" to get going.

VMWare will most likely prompt you for a few things to adapt the image to your environment:
  • Prompts to create a VM unique identifier: choose yes
  • Prompts to map the virtual floppy drive to match yours: choose yes
  • Warns that the VMWare Tools are not installed: I did not bundle them as I'm unsure if VMWare would let me distribute the image freely once installed in the VM.
Important: The root password is changeme, and the default user is setup as tempuser, with a password of changeme also.

This virtual machine is currently configured to use 512MB RAM. The VM's default screen resolution is set to 800x600. You can change any and all of its settings to your heart's contempt.

Please note that this work is provided without support, and on a "works-for-me" basis only at this time.

So there you have it. Enjoy!

Update 1: Here is another source of ready-built VMWare images.

Update 2: 2006-11-29: Related post: Screencast: Fedora Core 6 Install in VMWare Workstation

Update 3: 2006-12-22: This VM will also run as is in the new VMWare Fusion Beta for Mac.


Anonymous said...

> I did not bundle them as I'm
> unsure if VMWare would let me
> distribute the image freely once
> installed in the VM.

VMware will let you distribute _already configured_ VMware Tools within a _Linux_ VM, but the GPL almost definitely doesn't, so it's kind of a moot point..

Simon B

Anonymous said...

what will i put at the "web site name" during the time i install FC6
and the"Fedora Core directory"?

stephdau said...


The web site is the host of your chosen mirror (see


The directory is where the Fedora software is on that server:

EG for the duke mirror above: /pub/fedora/linux/core/6/i386/os/

Anonymous said...

How do you change the screen resolution to 1024x768?

Rithy said...

I am Rith. Thanks you for putting fedora core 6 .I was glad to see this . could you tell the user name and password of this fedora core 6. thanks in advance

Anonymous said...

This is really great, but without the username and password I cannot log in.

Anonymous said...

oh sorry, tempuser, changeme.. my bad.

Anonymous said...

i can't install rpm and tar. file using this iso ..
Please help me how to install new software..