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How do I install VMware Workstation Player 12 on Fedora 28?

asked 2018-07-20 18:22:57 -0500

Billy Mays Insurance gravatar image


I like using Linux on my desktop. I want to use Fedora 28 as my daily driver. I am able to do browse the web, watch videos, and even play video games. Unfortunately, many titles I enjoyed are not compatible with Linux . I was unaware of the power of VMware, and I intend on using it to play games from other operating systems inside of a Linux environment.

I have tried to install the latest VMware Workstation Player 14.1.2 on my previously installed Fedora 28. However, I have what VMware refers to as a "legacy" CPU and therefore am unable to launch virtual machines within the software known as 14.1.2. This however does not affect versions of VMware Workstation Player 12.

However, I had followed a tutorial to get other packages around compiling and kernel headers prior to installing 12.5.9. After a successful install, I proceed to open the shortcut from my start menu. VMware never opens. At that time, I uninstalled 12.5.9 and decided to look again at 14.1.2. I found no mention of the config.ini file on Linux. There was a preferences document, which I added the line to allow legacy CPUs, and saved the document to no avail. I decided I wanted to avoid any sort of conflict with 14 and 12, and will do a fresh install of Fedora 28 and install VMware Workstation Player 12 on it.

I want to know which version of VMware Workstation Player 12 would work at all, or perhaps with the least amount of crashing without warning.

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No clue about VMWare Player. However, there is Gnome Boxes - a free and open source virtualization software - that ships with Fedora. It works out of the box!

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-07-20 21:39:39 -0500 )edit

Hmm. I was not aware of this program. I will try it very soon.

Billy Mays Insurance gravatar imageBilly Mays Insurance ( 2018-07-20 22:40:56 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-07-20 22:41:47 -0500

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I don't know if this is still true, but it wasn't long ago that you could not have direct hardware accelerated video on a Windows virtual machine running on a Linux host. Performance was fine for almost anything except gaming.

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