UPDATE: These instructions should work for VMware Server 1.0.8 an the 2.6.27-8 kernel as well.
Based on a request in the Ubuntu Tutorials Forum I spent some time this morning researching VMware Server on the new Ubuntu 8.10 release. Google was quickly helpful, and I was able to get VMware Server 1.0.7 running on a fresh install of Ubuntu 8.10 “Intrepid”. Here are the steps I took toward getting this installed and working.
Download the dependencies and components
You’ll need to, of course, download the VMware Server .tar.gz file. This can be done using this command:
wget -c http://download3.vmware.com/software/vmserver/VMware-server-1.0.7-108231.tar.gz
There is also a patch to get this to compile properly. VMware has regularly been guilty of not keeping up with the latest kernels. This patch will help correct this problem:
wget -c http://www.insecure.ws/warehouse/vmware-update-2.6.27-5.5.7-2.tar.gz
And the one last thing we’ll need are the compiler tools, which can be installed using this command (or click the package name to use aptURL):
Now that we have all of the dependencies and archives downloaded we can unpack them. In the same location where you downloaded the .tar.gz files (likely your home folder or Desktop), run the following command:
tar xf vmware-update*.tar.gz
tar xf VMware-server*.tar.gz
Installing VMware Server 1.0.7 + patch
We’ll now start the installation. First we need to install the core vmware application. We’ll then patch the configuration script, and configure the system.
On my installation I used the defaults until it asked me if I’d like to run the vmware-config.pl configuration script. At this point select [no].
Once this has finished and you’ve quit at the configuration option, use these commands to patch the config:
This script will patch the configuration and then again ask you to run the vmware-config.pl configuration script. This time around select [yes]. On my installation I selected the defaults for the remaining questions and my installation works fine.
Good luck. Any issues, give the Ubuntu Tutorials Forum a try.