Installing VMware on Ubuntu 11.04 is trivial compared to past installations. VMware really simplified things this time, so much so that it is almost irrelevant to write this tutorial. However, I thought I would write it anyway since even though the installation is really straight forward, there are some things worth mentioning. This article pertains to the latest version of VMware Workstation, version 7.1.4 and above and Ubuntu Natty Narwhal version 11.04. Hopefully VMware continues with these easy, trouble-free installations and does not revert to the issues of the past.
Download VMware Workstation v7.1.4 for Linux. VMware does requires you to register with them before you can begin the download. The program is free for personal use with limited capabilities. You can only create virtual machines with it. To play them you need a separate software called VMware Player which is free as well and comes with WMware Workstation but it is not integrated with it.
Note: To download it you must right click on the download link and then click on “Save Link As“. If you do not do this, your browser will download a small partial file which will give you an error during installation (This happens at least in Firefox; I did not try it on any other browser).
Once downloaded, open the terminal screen, enter the directory containing the downloaded file and execute the following command (this is for the 32 bit full version, change the name of your file accordingly):
sudo sh VMware-Workstation-Full-7.1.4-385536.i386.bundle
Follow the wizard. All of the selections I made are optional. I’ll omit the explanation for some of these since they are mostly self explanatory. It is up to you if you want to change anything.
Eclipse is a multi language software development environment. Unless you plan to develop applications for VMware you can leave this blank and click “Next” to continue.
Again, this feature will be used only if you plan to do some programming. Click “Next” to continue.
Leave the default, and continue.
And that’s it!, Simple right? compared to the pain other versions of VMware have made us go through, sometimes even making us use third party unsupported patches for the installation to work. This latest installation was certainly awaited and welcomed.