Ubuntu (based on Debian) is not exactly plugÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢nÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢play for the installation of the VMware tools, so here are some tips to help the newbie.
1. You will get the choice of RPM or a TAR file. Extract the TAR file to your desktop (use the GUI or type tar zxf vmwa*)
2. Start the installation by typing sudo ./vmware-install.pl and enter your user password (there is no root user in Ubuntu, so you simply sudo and use the password for your own user)
3. You will need to install gcc, if it wasnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t installed by default. How do you get it? sudo apt-get gcc. Where is it installed? To do that, we use the slocate tool, but we must first update it to reflect the changes we just did. Type sudo updatedb. Then, type slocate gcc. In my case, it was located at /usr/bin/gcc
4. YouÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ll also need the source files for your kernel. For that, we need to know which version of Ubuntu youÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re running, by typing uname -r. Then, we use the result of that and append it to the command sudo apt-get linux-headers-
5. Another round of sudo updatedb, and slocate kernel.h. The VMware install is pretty good at letting you know if the path youÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re giving it is wrong. In my case, it took two attempts to get it right, and the right choice ended up being /usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.10ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“5ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“386/include
6. The installer asks you to choose a screen resolution (I kept the 800ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬â€600 default) and finished the installation routine. Reboot, you should be done!
Thanks to the author Jean-FranÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â§ois Arseneault for this article.