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    VMWARE (or similar product)

    I want to boot into Ubuntu but be able to run other distros and Windows. VMPLAYER is a good, free solution that works well when run under a Windows host. I haven't tried VMPLAYER - or any alternative product - with a Linux host system.

    VMPLAYER is available as an .RPM and as a .BUNDLE

    This suggests several questions:
    1. What is a .BUNDLE? Is a .BUNDLE useful for installing when Ubuntu is the HOST O/s?
    2. Is there a way to use an .RPM for installing when Ubuntu is the HOST O/S?
    3. Is there a GOOD alternative to VMPLAYER?
    4. Is there a package for installing said GOOD VMPLAYER alternative?
    5. Is there a package for VMPLAYER - or another product for running virtual machines/virtual appliances that will include guest O/Ss such as windows XP, Vista, and possibly other Linux flavors?
    6. Are there instructions for installing VMPLAYER from a tarball?


    I think Xubuntu would be the best distro for the host O/S because it is relatively gentle with the available resources, thus leaving more system resources for the VMs. Xubu definitely outperforms other Ubus on older, low-powered PCs. However, I'm open to suggestions.

    I want to stick with the Ubu family if possible - for all of the reasons that are obvious to us Ubu fans.
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    Re: VMWARE (or similar product)

    I would recommend Virtualbox over VMware, its less of resource hog and runs much much faster than VMware.

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    Re: VMWARE (or similar product)

    I too would suggest VirtualBox. I use it and love it.
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    Re: VMWARE (or similar product)

    I prefer Vmware since I don't like the performance of Virtualbox. I would recommend installing Vmware server since you'll be able to install your own OS's without having to download pre-made vmware images for the vmware player. You can convert an RPM to a deb package using alien but I would recommend download the tarball and installing through that route. Included within the packages should be a readme on what commands you should run(which is really just one script I believe) in order to install. Once you're done installing you should be able to isntall guest OSs such as *BSD, various linux distros, and windows.
    Edit: Here's some documentation for Vmware server 2 http://vmware.com/support/pubs/server_pubs.html
    Last edited by C!oud; October 13th, 2008 at 11:58 PM.

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    Re: VMWARE (or similar product)

    Yep, I would go with VirtualBox too. Works a lot better.

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    Re: VMWARE (or similar product)

    +1 VMWare Server.

    Last time I tried 2.0 It was not so stable, but it seems to be getting good reviews ...

    How to VMWare in Ubuntu 8.04 - Ubuntu Forums

    (I plan to update that thread when 8.10 is released).

    Vbox is also nice.

    If you have the hardware, IMO KVM is a better open source solution then VBox. The open source edition of VBox has "issues".
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    Re: VMWARE (or similar product)

    +1 Virtual Box... it's fairly system friendly, and extremely useful.

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