How To Install VMware Player in Sabayon 8

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Installing the latest VMware Player in Sabayon 8 with the 3.2 Linux kernel was an absolute pain. There are positively NO recent resources on how to get VMware Player working in Sabayon. So in this article I'm going to share with you how I got VMware Player 4.0.3 working in Sabayon 8.

  1. Get the VMware Player bundle from the VMware website.
  2. Download the kernel source for Linux 2.6.36-r1. This will be specifically named sabayon-sources-2.6.36-r1.
  3. Reboot in to the 2.6 kernel.
  4. Install VMware Player (right click anywhere in your download folder, select "Open in Terminal", login as root using the command "su", and then type in "sh name_of_the_vmware_bundle")
  5. As root, type the following commands in to Terminal: 
  6. cd /sbin
  7.  ln -s /bin/lsmod lsmod
  8. /etc/init.d/vmware stop
  9. /etc/init.d/vmware start
  10. You should get a message saying that all the services have been loaded. 
  11. Add vmware to your list of startup services.
That's all there is to it. :) The only downsides to this is that you will have to boot in to the 2.6 kernel any time you want to use VMware, and you have to be root.

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    1. I don't understand. I'm talking about VMware, not Virtualbox.

    2. oops, my mistake and apologies...been a long day... back to reading lessons lol

    3. LOL, it's ok. I understand. :)