VMware Player is the best application for desktop and server virtualization in Linux. I prefer it more than Oracle’s VirtualBox. In this small tutorial, we are going to see how to install VMware Player in Ubuntu 13.10.
With a virtual machine application like VMware, you can run another operating system inside the current OS. For example, I want to review the latest launched Pear OS 8 Linux. Now I have few ways to use Pear OS. I install it on a USB stick and use it as live USB or install it alongside other OS or install it as the sole OS. In this scenario, I’ll be happy to install Pear OS inside Ubuntu as a virtual machine. I’ll be able to use it without leaving my main OS Ubuntu 13.10. Lets see how to install VMware in Ubuntu 13.10.
Install VMware in Ubuntu 13.10:
To install VMware Player in Ubuntu 13.10 folow the steps below:
Step 1: Install required build packages
Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the command below to install required build packages and Linux Kernel headers:
sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
Step 2: Download VMware player
Next step would be to download the VMware Player from their website. Click on this link to download VMWare Player. Of course its free to download. Depending upon your OS architecture, download the 32 or 64 bit version. Don’t worry if you see a .txt or .bundle file. That actually is the installer.
Step 3: Install VMware Player
Assuming that it has been downloaded to ~/Download directory and you are using BASH, use the following command to install VMware Player:
gksudo bash ~/Downloads/VMware-Player*
This will open an installation window. If it does not, you may have to change the execution permission on the downloaded file in the following manner:
chmod +x ~/Downloads/VMware-Player
Step 4: Installing VMware Player
From here, it’s no rocket science. Like any other application, click on next in most of the screen. For your ease, I have listed the screenshots here:
And that would be it. I will show you how to configure VMware Player with an OS in another post soon. Any questions or suggestions are most welcome. Stay in touch. Ciao