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Installing VMware Workstation on Ubuntu

Once I’d gotten Ubuntu up and running on my HP nc8230 laptop, the next order of business was—due to business needs—get a copy of Windows XP Professional running under VMware Workstation on Ubuntu. While I’m not a huge Windows fan (I prefer Mac OS X and Linux to Windows, generally), I also recognize the need for Windows in a world where your customers all run Windows.

I’d never installed VMware Workstation on a Linux host before, so this would be a new experience for me. It couldn’t be that hard, right? Well, it wasn’t as easy as I had hoped it would be, that’s for sure.

In order to get VMware Workstation 5.5.1 to install on Ubuntu 5.10, here’s what I had to do:

  1. Copy the VMware Workstation 5.5.1 software onto the machine.

  2. Using apt-get, install gcc, g++, and the appropriate Linux headers.

  3. Untar the VMware Workstation software and run the installation script. When prompted, go ahead and compile a custom vmmon module.

That should do it. One site I found while preparing for this also suggested installing the “build-essential” package, but I didn’t install this and VMware Workstation seems to run just fine.

Coming up soon: installation of Solaris x86 under VMware Workstation running on Ubuntu Linux!

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