apt-get install vmware-player

What-hey! That’s right, thanks to the efforts of Ubuntu All-Stars such as Michael Vogt and Adam Conrad, and VMware sharpshooters like Ben Gertzfield, you can suck down some of that VMware Player sweetness for your Ubuntu 6.06 LTS system right now.

No tarballs, no compiling kernel modules, no banging rocks together.

It’s as easy as: sudo apt-get install vmware-player


(That ought to get the kiddie-filters going.)

Update: This appears to be a very popular post, so if you’re looking for more information about VMware of any variety on Ubuntu, make sure you check out the Ubuntu community’s VMware documentation page. Have fun!

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15 Responses to apt-get install vmware-player

  1. Kevin says:

    I cannot find this in 6.06 LTS. Do I need to add any repos?

  2. jdub says:

    Make sure you enable multiverse — that’s where the non-free and otherwise messy stuff goes. 🙂

  3. to much non-free software in this ubuntu version, i don’t like this, i think: “this is dangerous, the new user don’t know and don’t learn the importance of free software”
    meaby i’m wrong, is only my opinion =).

    (sorry for my english)

    pd good work Jeff (and ubuntu team), dapper is great!

  4. someone says:

    When will Debian users be able to do the same?

  5. Killerkiwi says:

    I wish it was…….

    Unpacking vmware-player (from …/vmware-player_1.0.1-4_i386.deb) …
    license could not be presented; aborting
    dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/vmware-player_1.0.1-4_i386.deb (–unpack):
    subprocess pre-installation script returned error exit status 2

  6. Ben G. says:

    I’m blushing, and that’s not just the kiddie-filter going! Hey, there’s still a lot of work to do, but thanks so much for the glowing compliments.

    Feedback and comments are appreciated! I’m bgertzfield on Freenode’s #ubuntu-devel channel.

  7. Killerkiwi says:

    worked through synaptic though….

  8. jobezone says:

    It’s also funny that, in dapper’s release notes, proprietary software is being euphemistically called “commercial” software, even though free software doesn’t exclude it being commercial. Oh, and the checkbox for the mltiverse repository is also called commercial software in gnome-app-install. I guess Sun, Adobe et all must be pretty happy that they are the only ones which can sell linux apps commercially.

    More to the point: I think it’s shamefull that you are hiding behind the euphemistic and incorrect wording of “commercial software”, so as to look good.

  9. jobezone says:

    Oh, and congratulations. Other than what I said, ubuntu dapper in my system is pretty smooth working (even though I may switch to debian, or other (perhaps ututo has a new version) for the above reason).

  10. jdub says:

    Yeah, I’m not entirely happy with the use of the word ‘commercial’ there either, but I wouldn’t call it “shameful” — that kind of talk doesn’t really encourage a solution.

  11. Alexandre Rocha Lima e Marcondes says:

    Is there any plans to deliver VMWare server (which is free to download also) inside .deb packages ?

  12. jobezone says:

    I’ve thought about what you said (having used hard talk), and indeed it’s a bit too strong, and wasn’t the exact way I wanted to use this word. Instead, I would say “shamelessly using “commercial” word”, which means that, coming from ubuntu developers, which very well know that free software can be commercial, it was like flunking the test on the matter.
    As far as solutions, I can think of these: restricted, proprietary, non-free,…

  13. Ray Green says:

    Thanks to all that got this working. I just installed vmware-player using apt-get and the process was completely painless, as it should be.

    Thanks again.

  14. I’ve got every repository listed in the Adept Manage Repositories dialog enabled and the only VMWare-related package I see is xserver-xorg-driver-vmware (installed). The command

    sudo apt-get install vmware-player

    ultimately returns an

    E: Couldn’t find package vmware-player

    message. Might that package have been temporarily removed, or can you name me a repository certainly known to contain it?


    David Newkirk (david.newkirk@gmail.com)

  15. I answered my own question in that I thought I had sufficient multiverse coverage but didn’t. Thanks for the command-line install, as Adept currently can’t complete it as explained below.

    So, more findings:

    1. Bring in VMWare Player via the Adept GUI doesn’t work because the VMWare install needs user interaction to OK the VMWare EULA, and the necessary dialog/window doesn’t pop in the Adept UI. This makes the install hang at about 37%. Viewing Details then shows the EULA, seemingly in a terminal, but clicking and TABing around doesn’t do anything in it and the install can’t proceed.

    2. If Dapper Drake has already been updated to the -25 kernel level when VMPlayer comes in, VMPlayer won’t work because (at least as of 20060615) the VMPlayer kernel modules are for the -23 level. Uninstalling -25 didn’t make VMPlayer magically come to life (and I had other problems with a locked package database after bailing out of the hung VMWare install via Adept), so my impatient solution was to entirely reinstall Dapper Drake, this time paying attention to system updates so as to not let the -25 kernel update come down.

    Good idea to warn on updating the kernel if the update will disable VMPlayer (and any other known-installed kernel module entities that are kernel-level-dependent).

    In my opinion, the VMWare kernel modules should be considered dependencies of the kernel such that the kernel can’t be updated unless the VMPlayer kernel modules are updated as well. I’ll be watching for the -25 level VMWare kernel module update–unless it’s available but I just haven’t yet enabled the right repository. 🙂


    Dave (david.newkirk@gmail.com)

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