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2 Gig limit, Tarry! And (small) size is part of the judging criteria, although innovation + function count for more.
We should probably start a tips thread.
Here's my first: If you're worried about size, start with a small distro, omit the GUI, and use bz2 or rar instead of zip to compress.
You can actually redistribute VMware Tools with the
Can we use the VMware Tools for ESX Server? I guess the Workstation tools require X11 and I'm having some ideas about a server appliance.
Wow! Who will be awarded the fortune and glory? We'll find out in August!
Can we use the VMware Tools for ESX Server? I guess
the Workstation tools require X11 and I'm having some
ideas about a server appliance.
The Tools from the various products are mostly the same -- obviously when new functionality is added to the Tools it will show up first in one product or another, and certain Tools features only work in certain products. But the Tools package itself is intended to be product-agnostic, so that you can install Tools in a VM and then move that VM freely between products and have everything pretty much "just work". There are always some corner cases, but that's the basic idea.
It's certainly not the case that the Workstation Tools require X11. There are different components, but vmware-guestd (the Tools daemon) definitely runs without X11, and a variety of drivers that come with the Tools also have nothing to do with X.
In any event, you are free to use the VMware Tools from any product that you want.
Why can't you consider making VMware Tools
open-source, so then there's nothing to worry about,
and it'll make supporting other operating systems
This is something we have discussed internally. There are a variety of factors that would have to come together in order for it to make sense for us to do this. To date we've not felt that it's the right choice, but that could of course change at some point.