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VMware Workstation 8 running Ubuntu 11.10

Ubuntu 11.10 launched yesterday and we have been testing the GA version as both a host and guest OS for VMware Workstation 8.0. So far, most of the core features are working, but we are aware of a few issues that we will fix in an upcoming maintenance release. Please report any issues you find via a service request or the community forums.

Even the Unity desktop appears to be working! Please don't be fooled by this, 3D support for Linux guests is not enabled… yet…. Ubuntu has updated their standard desktop UI with the new graphical interface which is what is being displayed.

4 thoughts on “VMware Workstation 8 running Ubuntu 11.10

  1. Kranthi

    Whenever I try to install Ubuntu 11.10 I am getting an error viz., Operating system not found. Please brief me the steps and imp point is I have 64 bit version

  2. Bernt

    Regarding the “few issues that we will fix in an upcoming maintenance release”: Would you consider it “safe” to install Workstation 8 on a Ubuntu 11.10 host to run a few light-weight Windows and Linux guests. Or will I experience crashes or other show-stoppers?

  3. rmoskal

    It runs on one installation I have and not on another I opened a support ticket and the official answer us that it is an unsupported platform. So proceed at your own risk.

  4. Alex Gabriel

    I have been running Ubuntu 11.10 in VMware Workstation 8.0 for about a week or two now. One issue I have noticed is that, when I leave Workstation running overnight, the responsiveness of Ubuntu is so poor that I often have to restart the guest OS. I have run other versions of Linux [Debian, Fedora, Kubuntu, openSUSE, PCLinuxOS, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server] in Workstation with no such degradation of performance.
    The installation was done using the Easy Install method, therefore the default options were selected. I have not modified the VM in any way, except to enable Shared Folders.
    The default Uubuntu Unity interface is enabled, although I have not tested the GNOME interface. I do not think that the interface is the issue, as I have tested the other distributions noted above with various interfaces [GNOME, KDE, LXDE, and XFCE] and have not seen an issue with performance.
    I will enable the GNOME interface with Ubuntu, and allow the guest to run over night. However, given the above information, I do not expect to see any change in responsiveness of the system.

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