VMware on Ubuntu 9.10

Should one setup a dual boot environment or use something like VMware workstation? I have done both, dual boot for OS’s that I use all of the time, and VMware for testing new OS’s that I find interesting. VMware has come out with a new version of their Workstation.

Fedora 12 running on VMware in Ubuntu 9.10

Fedora 12 running on VMware in Ubuntu 9.10

Right now I am testing this new version of the software on a Acer Aspire One, 1.5GB Ram, 120gb HD (from an ipod) running Ubuntu 9.10. I have to say that I was apprehensive that the software wouldn’t even load onto the computer, but to my surprise… after about 5 minutes the software was installed and running. I downloaded a couple of  Virtual Appliances from the VMware site, and everything is working just fine.

VMware is offering a free 30 day trial to test the software. Download Trial If you are like me and are interested in getting your Linux box to do more than the norm, or are trying to get Linux in the workplace and are having trouble convincing management, why not give VMware a try.

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Installing VMWare Workstation

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Change directories to the directory where the installer file is located and run the following command:

sudo ./VMware-Workstation-<xxxx-xxxx>.<architecture>.bundle

Note: if you don’t feel like typing the entire string, you can shorten it down  by typing a * after VMware

/VMware$ sudo ./VMware*

Accept the VIX EULA to continue.

(Optional) If you are using the –console option or running a host that does not
support the GUI installation do one of the following:
To scroll through the VIX EULA, press spacebar and at the end of EULA the
Do you agree? [yes/no] prompt appears.
To exit the VIX EULA press q and the Do you agree? [yes/no] prompt appears.

(Optional) Enter the directory path to the Integrated Virtual Debugger for Eclipse
if Eclipse is installed.

Select either Yes or No to confirm whether you want to install the Eclipse C/C++
debugging plug‐in.

On some Linux distributions, if the installer detects insufficient file descriptors you
can update the hard limit for open files on the installer page.
If the hard limit for open files is 1024 or less, the virtual machine may fail if a large
number of snapshots are used.

Click Install.

After all is said and done you will have a working VMware Workstation ready to go. You can find the application in your Applications –> System Tools menu

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