Installing VMware-player on Ubuntu Linux

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  1. Lamehand

    Lamehand Registered Member

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    I've downloaded VMware-player and want to install it on Ubuntu.
    I've read the guide Mrkvonic made for VMware-server and went to look on their site for detailed instructions, but had no succes. Can i use the same method as for VMware-server or are there differences in the way to install this software?

    I want to use it for evaluating SUSE 10.2, and when i like it i want to install it for real next to Ubuntu.

    greetz
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  2. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,

    What kind of un-success did you have?

    I believe it is rather simple and straightforward if you follow instructions carefully. Nevertheless, please try to reproduce your steps - and write here the error you get.

    You should go with Server, it's far more powerful than the player.

    The first thing I can think of - blindly - is, do you have the necessary tools required to install VMware software? You must have gcc, make and kernel headers to compile.

    In Ubuntu, these are installed by sudo apt-get install build-essential

    Then, do not use the Add/Remove to install them. Download the tarball, extract it and follow instructions manually, far more effective, precise + you'll know what kind of errors you get and where the problem occurs.

    Cheers,
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  3. Lamehand

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    I did all that and the problem is that it doesn't work with my kernel, wich is 2.6.15.29, it wouldn't compile, but it's no problem i'm going to install SUSE anyway on the harddisk.
    I have about 46 GB left open to install SUSE.

    One other question, since i have allready a version of GRUB installed (Ubuntu), will the SUSE install become part of it's menu, from wich you can choose what to boot?

    Greetz
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  4. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    Yes, it will append to the existing grub, with maybe cosmetic, visual chances.
    Why wouldn't VMware install with your kernel? What's so special about it?
    Don't you wanna try to debug the problem?
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    As i understand the problem, it's not that i have some super special kernel, but the vmplayer doesn't know what to do with it because it's to new. It will install everything but when i run the config-file and come to the part where to compile with the linux-headers it says at the end that there is no module for it.
    I've been looking for a patch for this problem but it doesn't exist (yet).
    The only thing i haven't tried is to install it and use a older kernel, i have to go below 2.6.15.22 because on their forum it has(d) even trouble with that.


    greetz
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  6. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    How about you try Server? It might work.
    You will lose a few minutes, at worst.
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  7. Lamehand

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    That's another option, I will download it and see what it does and let you know.


    Thanks for the help so far
    Lamehand
     
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