|JP Vossen on 21 Dec 2012 00:22:23 -0800|
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|[PLUG] VMware Workstation 8/9, Player 4/5 & Ubuntu 12.04 (& 12.10)|
I was doing some research the other week which may be of some interest here.First, I mostly use Ubuntu LTS releases, and it wasn't clear which VMware products worked on that. The following Just Work (zero tweaking of any kind) on an old Dell Inspiron 1525 w/ 4G RAM running Ubuntu 12.04 (x86_64) that I use as a test/host machine:
* VMware-Player-4.0.5-893925.x86_64.bundle < Newly supports Ubuntu 12.04 * https://www.vmware.com/support/player40/doc/releasenotes_player405.html * VMware-Player-5.0.1-894247.x86_64.bundle * http://www.vmware.com/support/player50/doc/player-501-release-notes.html * Support for Ubuntu 12.10 as a host and guest* VMware-Workstation-Full-8.0.5-893925.x86_64.bundle < Newly supports Ubuntu 12.04
* http://www.vmware.com/support/ws80/doc/releasenotes_workstation_805.html * VMware-Workstation-Full-9.0.1-894247.x86_64.bundle * Read both: * http://www.vmware.com/support/ws90/doc/workstation-901-release-notes.html * Support for Ubuntu 12.10 as a host and guest * http://www.vmware.com/support/ws90/doc/workstation-90-release-notes.htmlNote that with VMware-Player-5 they made the previously existing "free for *non-commercial* use only" status a lot more obvious (arguably intrusive, e.g. in the title bar). OTOH, they do now offer commercial licenses for it, sort-of, via http://www.vmware.com/products/desktop_virtualization/fusion/professional.html.
Second, for me, VMware Workstation 9 is not worth upgrading to. But there are some features that some of you probably do care about more than I do.
As far as I can see, the interface looks just like 8.x. Otherwise, the features are:
* Windows 8 = don't care * Graphics Improvements = mostly don't care * "...an improved Windows XP graphics driver..." = mostly don't care * OpenGL for Linux Guests = nice-to-have * Restricted Virtual Machines = don't care * WSX = don't care* WSX is a prototype of a new VMware Workstation web interface that enables users to access their Shared virtual machines via a web browser on a tablet, smart phone or PC without installing any additional applications or browser plug-ins
* Downloading Virtual Machines from vSphere = don't care * USB 3.0 = nice-to-have * Nested Virtualization = mostly don't care * Can test ESXi inside WS... * Hyper-V = don't care * Virtual Performance Counters = don't care* VMware virtual processors now include the capability to enable virtual performance counters which will allow developers to run profiling applications, such as Intel's vTune, in a virtual machine.
* Remoting Improvements = nice-to-have* The experience when remotely connecting to a virtual machine running in Workstation 9 with a VNC client or interacting with the desktop of a virtual machine running on vSphere from within Workstation has been significantly improved. * Disk Cleanup = "not currently available on Linux hosts" per http://communities.vmware.com/message/2082542 = don't care
* Quick Switch II = don't care * Thumbnail Actions = don't care * Saved Filters = don't care Later, JP ----------------------------|:::======|------------------------------- JP Vossen, CISSP |:::======| http://bashcookbook.com/ My Account, My Opinions |=========| http://www.jpsdomain.org/ ----------------------------|=========|------------------------------- "Microsoft Tax" = the additional hardware & yearly fees for the add-on software required to protect Windows from its own poorly designed and implemented self, while the overhead incidentally flattens Moore's Law. ___________________________________________________________________________ Philadelphia Linux Users Group -- http://www.phillylinux.org Announcements - http://lists.phillylinux.org/mailman/listinfo/plug-announce General Discussion -- http://lists.phillylinux.org/mailman/listinfo/plug