UPDATE: This post has been updated for VMware Server 1.0.5 on Ubuntu 8.04. If you are running Ubuntu 8.04 you’ll need to follow those instructions.
My previous tutorial on installing VMware Server on Ubuntu 7.10 has been wildly successful but I also realize now that it has become a bit out of date. This tutorial is an update with a few simplified steps. It will be nice when VMware Server makes it into canonicals partner repository (as is available on Ubuntu 7.04), but until then these few steps should work for most of us.
As an update from the previous post, for those that are curious, here is an explanation. At the time of that writing there was a slight issue with the current kernel that required the suggested patch. Since that post was published the kernel has been updated and the patch no longer needed. It doesn’t appear to conflict with anything if it is run with the patch, but I felt that this warranted an updated tutorial.
Installing VMware Server on Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon”
- Download VMware Server from the VMware website.
- Unpack the contents of the archive to your system (perhaps /tmp)
- sudo aptitude install build-essential xinetd linux-headers-$(uname -r)
- Open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal), cd /tmp/vmware-server (or wherever you unpacked the archive)
- sudo ./vmware-install.pl
Answer all of the questions presented to you. The defaults should be fine if you are unsure about any. When everything has finished you should be able to launch VMware Server from your desktop menu under Applications > System Tools.
The last step in the installer should ask you for your VMware Server serial number. While VMware Server is free (free as in beer) it does require a serial number to use and is not free software (free as in freedom). If you need a serial number generated you can register for your VMware Server serial number(s) here.