Saturday, 2 January 2010

Installing VMWare 2.0.x on Ubutnu 9.10

There are some known issues with installing VMWare 2.0.x on Ubuntu 9.10 which are described well here:

http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-install-vmware-server-2-0-x-in-ubuntu-9-10-karmic.html

so I am not going to repeat them. However I will add the following:

  1. Make sure you have build-essentials installed so VMWare can build its special kernel modules:

    sudo apt-get install build-essentials

  2. Make sure you have the linux headers installed. To obtain your kernel version execute:

    sudo uname -r

    Then to install the headers:

    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-<kernel version>

  3. In the configuration step, following the install, you will be asked which user you want to be able to log into VMWare as. The default is root and since root is not enabled by default on Ubuntu you should choose another user with root permissions rather than enabling root.

1 comment:

  1. Install linux-headers package and let it sort out which Linux versions in installed.

    And use Aptitude -- it manages all the dependencies better.

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