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Does anyone know if VMware Player can run on an Acer A7 running Chrubuntu?

(The kernel module updater is looking for files and maybe I just don't know the path?)

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VMware Player can run on any Linux distribution.
There are distribution-related packages but there are also "generic packages", often including a .sh file, which after being given executable permission flags can be run by doing ./packagename.sh with root privileges.

In Ubuntu-derived distros, however, there is another method, which involves a little bit of command line operations.

The steps needed are as follows:

  1. Install required packages build-essential and linux-headers:
    sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
  2. Download the latest VMware player e.g. VMware-Player-3.1.4-385536.i386.bundle (download the bundle version, not the rpm one) and run it as root using gksudo. You'll get a graphical installer that installs VMware player for you.
    gksudo bash ./Downloads/VMware-Player-3.1.4-385536.i386.bundle
  3. Note: this assumes the location of your Downloads folder is home/Downloads. If nothing appears, you may need to make the file executable. You can do so with this command:
    chmod +x ./Downloads/VMware-Player-3.1.4-385536.i386.bundle

(again, with the assumption of your Downloads folder location). After completion, VMware player is installed and should show up in the menu under Applications → System Tools → VMware Player. As well, you may notice that when trying to create a new virtual machine, vmware will complain on the terminal output that:

VMware Player is installed, but it has not been (correctly) configured for your running kernel. To (re-)configure it, your system administrator must find and run "vmware-config.pl". For more information, please see the VMware Player documentation.

vmware-config.pl is not present anymore in the latest vmware-player versions (seems to have been superseded by vmware-modconfig). If you have this problem you may instead need to check if you have a /etc/vmware/not_configured file and, if so, delete it.

Source: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VMware/Player

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