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Browser Appliance

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The Browser Appliance was updated to run Firefox 3.6.7 on CentOS 5.5 .

You may now update Firefox 3.6 to the latest release from within the program itself by selecting "Check for Updates..." from the Help menu.

The latest Adobe Flash plugin can be installed from the Terminal using the command:

sudo yum install -y flash-plugin

You will then need to restart Firefox in order to use the Flash plugin.

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It refuses to download with message :

Forbidden

You don't have permission to access /vmware/Browser-Appliance-3.6.7.zip on this server.

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This message must have been a transient issue. The download is generally available.

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I have been using the browser appliance and it is great. It is much more efficient than other appliance I have tried.

Do you know why the serial port does not work and do you know how I can enable it?

I have a program to redirect URL from my browser on the host OS to the VM. I prefer to send the URL over serial port so that I can minimize the network access from the host OS and the appliance.

Thanks

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The Browser Appliance does not come with a serial port, but you may add one from the Virtual Machine Settings, with the following options: use physical serial port on the host / output to file / output to named pipe.

For more information, please refer to the VMware documentation at

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Thanks for your reply, but I already enabled the serial port as you described. That works with another Ubuntu appliance, but does not work with the Browser Appliance.

I attempted to look for the serial port with the dmesg command, but did not find it.

Thanks

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Also, the serial port has to be enabled in the virtual BIOS (under "Avanced" -> "I/O Device Configuration"). You should then see something like this with the dmesg command:

Serial: 8250/16550 driver $Revision: 1.90 $ 4 ports, IRQ sharing enabled

serial8250: ttyS0 at I/O 0x3f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A

00:08: ttyS0 at I/O 0x3f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A

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It worked. Thanks Patrick

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could not get latest tools to install, just refused to install from a root terminal, any ideas

maybe the broweser could be updated with these tools by someone who knows more about this than me

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No idea. I had no issue installing VMware Tools 8.4.5 (build 324285) in the Browser Appliance 3.6.7 : all compatible pre-built modules were found by the vmware-install.pl script...

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An updated version with these tools along with Firefox 4 beta 9 is now available (down the page) after clicking the "Download Virtual Appliance" link from the VMware page. The Firefox 4 Beta software should update every few weeks to the latest beta release, and it should eventually update to the final release of Firefox 4 when it will be available. The Adobe Flash plugin can be installed from the Terminal as before (see above).

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thankyou for the update, much appreciated Chris

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VMware Tools 8.4.5 (build 324285) is now also included in the CentOS 5.5 + Firefox 3.6.13 Browser Appliance.

Erratum: the README file should read "January 2011" instead of "January 2010"!

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I have installed Browser Appliance successfully on a Win7 Starter netbook.  All works well except the sound output is very quiet.  Any  suggestions?  The volume is on maximum in my native OS and in Gnome, also on the BBC iPlayer.

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You may try sudo system-config-soundcard from the Terminal, then adjusting Volume Settings from the Sound Test panel.

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Thankyou Christopher!

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How can I install a text editor into Firefox 4 beta 9?

I am a total newbie in Linux, Gnome and all this stuff...

Thanks a lot!

Fiete

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To install a text editor in the Browser Appliance, open the Terminal and enter the following command:

sudo yum install -y gedit

After installation completes, the Text Editor will be available from the "Applications" menu (under "Accessories").

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Thanks!

It worked great in the Firefox 4 Beta appliance, but for the 3.6 I only get an error "cannot find a valid url for repo: addons".

Maybe it's because this one is installed on a different machine.

Thx for the great work,

Fiete

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