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Vmware is one of the tools you can use to install an operating system on an operating system. It will run inside a window and perform its task not being aware it is being run in vmware.

This is the VMWARE PLAYER. You do not have any snapshot possibilities!

VMware snapshots are a lifesaver. If things go wrong, you revert back to some point in time were everything still functioned.

You can use such a setup for testing purposes, developing projects etc.

Here you see Solus Budgie installed in vmware running on Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon.


In my case I just wanted to make a tutorial and see what steps I had to take to make it work on Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon. I was also curious about ‘new’ developments.

Personally I prefer to install all my distro’s on a physical SSD and switch between them. That is still the best way to “feel the distro” i.e. speed of response, ease of working,…

We need to do this on the most powerful pc in the house. You will give some cores and memory to this virtual machine.

Do this on a testing computer. We might need to upgrade gcc to be able to run vmware.

Manual installation

  • download the vmware workstation 12.5 from vmware
  • free for testing, students and non-commercial use
  • download file has extension .bundle and is NOT an executable
  • how to be able to run the installation bundle

The movie shows how to install vmware workstation player 12.5 via the bundle download. In the meantime I made a script to install everything automatically on my other SSD’s. Check out the last movie for this.


Removing the Vmware Workstation Player


If you want to install the Vmware Workstation Pro, you will need to uninstall the player.

Type the following commands to figure out the name of the product you just installed.

sudo vmware-installer -l  (it is an L from list)

When you know what you installed and what the name is, you can type the command:

sudo vmware-installer -u vmware-player



Installation via script

Let us now install the same player but this time try out the installation script from my github.


Challenges and solutions

GCC 6.2

On one of my setups I was asked to upgrade the gcc compiler to version 6.2.
The script, added on my github, will use this ppa to get the latest build of GCC.

sudo add-apt-repository  -y ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gcc-6 -y

and an extra line to point to the new gcc

sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/gcc gcc /usr/bin/gcc-6 60 --slave /usr/bin/g++ g++ /usr/bin/g++-5