VMWare and Fedora 13

Christopher A. Williams chriswfedora at cawllc.com
Fri Aug 20 04:15:27 UTC 2010

On Fri, 2010-08-20 at 00:00 -0400, Kevin J. Cummings wrote:
> On 08/19/2010 11:40 PM, Christopher A. Williams wrote:
> > On Thu, 2010-08-19 at 21:50 -0500, Robert G. (Doc) Savage wrote:
> >> Krosh,
> >>
> >> Chris is correct. One of the important library packages (I don't recall
> >> which) changed in F13 and VMware hasn't caught up. You'll be much better
> >> off choosing an alternative like VirtualBox.
> >>
> > 
> > Really...? Which library?
> > 
> > I'm asking because I'm running VMware Workstation 7.1 on F13 with
> > absolutely zero issues. Runs like a champ and gives me a number of
> > features that VirtualBox (which I also run from time to time) doesn't.
> VMWare Server is the one with the most growing pains.  It requires 3rd
> party patches just to run on F12, so I'm not surprised if it doesn't run
> on F13 yet....  It was last released on 10/28/09....

Okay... I think I understand now.

I agree, if you are running VMware Server. But I would never run this on
Fedora anymore - or at all for that matter. The product has clearly been
left behind, if not abandoned altogether. If you need a server based,
Type 2 hypervisor, then vBox is a much better free alternative - at
least for now. Who knows what Oracle is going to do here. Based on their
track record, I have a feeling that vBox is not going to be free for all
that much longer, and forking vBox OSE will take some time and dedicated

The only other free alternative with some edge to it is KVM.

Otherwise, you need to just run a Type 1 hypervisor, which leaves you
with VMware ESXi Free edition. It's limited in what it can do compared
to the full version, but it definitely works, and works well.

All that said, if you're willing to actually pay money for a software
product, VMware Workstation 7.1 works perfectly well on F13. And VMware
actually is starting to include official support for Fedora hosts and


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