Linux Mint–VMware Guest

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Setting up Linux Mint as a VMware guest OS is pretty simple. Right out of the box with VMware Server 2.0, some of the functionality usually attributed to the VMware Tools was in place (most notably the auto capture/release of the keyboard and mouse).

I’ve always been one to use the official VMware Tools (VMT) with my VMs, but newer Linux kernels have changes that don’t allow various drivers included with VMT to compile, so I decided to try the Open Virtual Machine Tools this time around.

There’s an easy way to get the OVMT: install the Ubuntu package: sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools open-vm-toolbox. This works fine, but the tools are likely to be out of date. At present they are about 7 months out of date.

Here’s what I had to do to get the latest version installed from source:

  1. Download the open-vm-tools package
  2. Install the necessary development libraries: sudo apt-get install xorg-dev liburiparser-dev libpng-dev libgtk2.0-dev libgtkmm-2.4-dev libproc-dev libdumbnet-dev libicu-dev
  3. Compile the tools: make
  4. Install the tools: sudo make install
  5. reboot (may be optional)

VMware Server still prompts me to install the VMware Tools, but I think everything is running as it should be.

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