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Old 05-08-2007, 01:44 PM   #1
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Post How do I install VMWare Workstation

Hi All

I just installed my first Linux OS (Ubuntu 7.04) last weekend. I'm a newbie. I would like to install VMWare Workstation 5.XXX so I can still use some of my windows software. Workstation comes as a "tarball" I guess is what you call it. How in the world do I install something like that?
Remember I am real new to this stuff. I need step by step instructions, if anyone has done it.

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Old 05-08-2007, 02:12 PM   #2
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so if your file is named like "vmware-workstation.tar.gz" or "vmware-workstation.tgz" you would run:

tar -xzvf vmware-workstation.tar.gz
-x: extract
-v: verbose (optional)
-z: deal with compressed archive
-f: use file

if it's just "vmware-workstation.tar" run the above example without the -z option. this will extract the archive into the current directory. after that I suppose there will be an install-script to run.
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Some general notes:
First, if possible, always use the package manager to install SW--it is ten times easier than other methods. (I doubt if VMWare is available this way)

Second,"tarballs" is just slang for any group of files that has been archived (and usually compressed). When you extract from the archive, you can have just about anything---source code, install script, .rpm packages, .deb packages, etc. Usually, after extracting, there will be a README file or other clues to tell you what to do next.

Before attempting to install SW by methods other than the package manager, I would recommend "getting comfortable" with the command-line. For some new arrivals raised on Windows, this can be a bit intimidating, but it is not really that difficult.

To extract your tarball:
put it in a folder (directory) I always put "outside" SW in /opt, but you can put it anywhere.
extract using tar. Here you need to know the exact file type. Here are two examples of extraction:
tar -xzvf filename.tar.gz
tar -xjvf filename.tar.bz2

Do "man tar" to see the syntax for other file types

After extraction, go into the new folder that is created, and look for clues--"README", "install", etc. If you see files named "configure" and/or "Makefile", then you have to compile.

Let us know how far you get with this, and more help will flow....
Old 05-09-2007, 09:09 AM   #4
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Hi again

I got as far as almost a complete install but it could compile vmmon modules and it aborted.

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It couldn't compile the vmmon modules.
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