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A "no hassle" Linux install for VMware Workstation 6.5

Do you want to install VMware on Linux? You no longer have to do it via command line. VMware has released a Linux "no hassle" user interface install.

Do you want to install VMware on Linux? You no longer have to do it via the command line. VMware has released a Linux "no hassle" user interface installation.

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With VMware's newest release of workstation, they created a bundled graphical-based installer. It makes installing VMware Workstation on Linux a piece of cake. No more command-line installs. This is a great feature.

I also created a visual gallery if you are interested in viewing this information in a different format. Here are the steps. (Note: Click on images below to enlarge.)

Download the Linux.bundle from VMware's Web site to your tmp directory.

Open up a terminal window and type the following: sudo sh VMware-Workstation-6.5.0-118166.i386.bundle. If you have a previous version, it will be automatically uninstalled (Figure A).

Figure A

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Next, agree to the license, as shown in Figure B.

Figure B

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If you want to install the Virtual Debugger, choose a path and then click Install (Figure C and Figure D).

Figure C

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Figure D

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The Linux installer does the rest and configures Workstation 6.5 (Figure E and Figure F). It is the easiest Linux install for Workstation I have seen. What do you think?

Figure E

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Figure F

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You can now start VMware Workstation from Application | System Tools | VMware Workstation (Figure G) or open up a Terminal window and type /usr/bin/vmware (Figure H).

Figure G

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Figure H

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If you are interested in loading via the command line, see the post "How Do I Install VMware Workstation 6.0 on Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS?"

13 comments
waheed
waheed

Great Thanks a lot

Tom522
Tom522

Hmm, still not working here. gedit opens and tells me that it can not open the file as it can not detectt the character coding???

info
info

(Linux newbie here.) Fresh Ubuntu install, install VMWare W/S. Appears to install fine, but when I run w/S, I get a display in the bottom panel for a few seconds, then nothing. Ubuntu v9.04 64-bit uname -r = 2.6.28-11-generic VMware-Workstation-6.5.1-126130.x86_64.bundle VMware-Workstation-6.5.1-126130.x86_64.rpm Have attempted several installs, tried recompiling various things (blindly following blog suggestions). Unsure where to look for logs, etc. Would appreciate any suggestions..

J1R1
J1R1

Mine installed but when i click the icon to open VMware or run vmware from cli, it does something but never opens. any idea? oh in CLI i get: modinfo: could not find module vmmon modinfo: could not find module vmnet modinfo: could not find module vmblock modinfo: could not find module vmci modinfo: could not find module vsock modinfo: could not find module vmmon modinfo: could not find module vmnet modinfo: could not find module vmblock modinfo: could not find module vmci modinfo: could not find module vsock

impsred666
impsred666

hiya, i am new to linux and am currently using the linpus lite version on the acer aspire one when trying to copy my .bundle file into my /tmp folder... it states that Failed to copy "/mnt/home/Downloads/VMware-Workstation-6.5.1-126130.i386.bundle" to "/tmp/VMware-Workstation-6.5.1-126130.i386.bundle". Destination has no enough space for storing the file. how can i resolve this issue/..... can anyone help pleaseeeeeee??? have i got the right folder???

impsred666
impsred666

hiya, i am new to linux and am currently using the linpus lite version on the acer aspire one when trying to copy my .bundle file into my /tmp folder... it states that Failed to copy "/mnt/home/Downloads/VMware-Workstation-6.5.1-126130.i386.bundle" to "/tmp/VMware-Workstation-6.5.1-126130.i386.bundle". Destination has no enough space for storing the file. how can i resolve this issue/..... can anyone help pleaseeeeeee??? have i got the right folder???

J1R1
J1R1

Linux and software vendors still have a LOT of work. It will never touch windows for those who dont want to use CLI. Anyway, the EZ Gui VMware install does NOT recompile automatically so : mv /usr/lib/vmware/modules/binary /usr/lib/vmware/modules/binary.old forces it to recompile. This may happen when you had a previous version i guess.

Jaqui
Jaqui

downloading into /tmp is not allowed. download into ~/downloads [ ~ means /home/[USERNAME] ]

nlinley
nlinley

Great tip. The installer just seemed to easy, but left a lot of missing modules and libraries not linked. This completely fixed it for me. Thanks for sharing.

impsred666
impsred666

thank you very much for the quick reply... thanks to you i have just installed the workstation... however one more problem remains when i try and open up workstation: ''Before you can run VMware workstation several modules must be compiled and loaded into the running kernel.'' ''kernel headers 2.6.23.9lw'' ....do you know what this is and how i can get this sorted??? many thanks

Jaqui
Jaqui

though the installer should have compiled them and installed them as a part of the process. make sure you have the kernel source version that matches the kernel version running. look in /boot for the vmlinux version, that is the version kernel you need the sources for. then re-install and let the vmware installer make any modules it says it needs.

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