Conectiva Linux 6 under VMware

Conectiva Linux 6 is among the most complete and innovative Linux distributions currently available. Past releases of Conectiva Linux have propelled Conectiva to the forefront of Linux use in South America and Latin America. VMware, a x86 hardware emulation system (virtual machine), permits the end-user to run most modern operating systems in a window on a Linux or Windows host. The stock VMware instructions do not provide the detail needed to install Conectiva Linux 6 under VMware; this document provides a step-by-step overview of the install process.

Table of Contents
Installation Procedure
Obtaining Support


Conectiva Linux 6

Conectiva Linux 6 is the latest Linux distribution release from Conectiva, a leader in free software operating system development throughout South America and Latin America. This release is provided in Portuguese, Spanish and English; it includes a friendly installer and provides an excellent “out-of-box” experience.

Conectiva Linux 6 includes a number of innovative features, including support for the powerful APT package management system with integrated RPM package format support. Never has keeping your Conectiva Linux system updated ever been easier.

This release is based on GNU glibc 2.1.3, Linux kernel 2.2 series, XFree86 4.0.1 and includes over 1000 packages. The full Conectiva Linux 6 distribution boxed set includes four CDs (two of binary packages and two of source packages). Both KDE2 and GNOME desktops are included in this release.

Conectiva Linux 6 may be downloaded from a number of sites on the Internet, or you may purchase a Conectiva Linux 6 boxed set. Commercial support and training for Conectiva Linux are also available. The Conectiva web site (which includes details regarding the Conectiva Linux distribution) may be found at:


VMware provides a mechanism to run most modern operating systems (for the Intel x86 architecture) in a window on your Linux or Windows desktop. Using this “virtual computer” technology, one can easily test out a particular operating system distribution, try out a new version of an operating system distribution before upgrading, or test the software currently in development on various different operating system distributions.

The virtual computer provided by a VMware session is user-configurable. Within each virtual computer, VMware may support a number of networking configurations (and emulates an Ethernet card compatible with most operating systems), IDE and SCSI disks, CD-ROM drives and floppy drives, VGA graphics and SoundBlaster-compatible sound. The “disk” support stores a disk image on your hard drive as a file, permitting you to try various operating systems without repartitioning your system. This nearly-complete solution provides the hardware emulation you need to run nearly any operating system in a stable manner.

VMware is a commercial product, licensed per host machine. Information regarding VMware may be found at:

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About the Author

This document has been written by Jacob Moorman of the Marble Horse Free Software Group. The Marble Horse Free Software Group is a distribution-independent development group devoted to the creation of new free software, enhancement of existing free software solutions, free software-related advocacy, and production of free software-related documentation. He may be reached at

Free Software

Conectiva Linux 6 is free software/open source software. VMware is neither free software, nor open source software; this documentation has been written to provide benefit to free software users. It should be recognized that free alternatives to VMware may be available in the future; the Plex86 project is a promising effort which may eventually provide a suitable, free alternative to VMware. Your support of the Plex86 project is encouraged.


Copyright (c) 2000, 2001 Jacob Moorman

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Document Version

  • 10 January, 2001: Added information about the MI 2.1.0u1 updates diskette. Minor cleanup and proofing changes.

  • 30 November, 2000: Initial public release.


The instructional portion of this document was generated using Conectiva Linux 6.0 with the MI 2.1.0u1 update diskette, on VMware 2.0.3 build-799. Red Hat Linux 6.2 (with all updates at time of writing) was used as the host platform.

This document was generated using LyX, a document authoring system.